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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7 2003 


Yunmeng Mountain has much to 
offer for one last weekend getaway, 
before hiking boots are exchanged 
for skis. Page 16 


An accomplished gourmand was 
the creator of a cuisine that later 
developed into an important school 
of Sichuan cooking. Page 14 


She was struck by the contrasts: fierce 
and tender, strong and beautiful, sweet and 
aggressive, all at the same time. 

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Conference Issues World 
Economic Oevelopment Oeclaration 


T he World Economic De- 
velopment Declaration 
Conference (WEDDC) is- 
sued the Zhuhai Declaration 
yesterday, the first day of the 
conference. The two-day confer- 
ence is taking place in China’s 
southern city of Zhuhai. 

The declaration, also called 
the World Economic Develop- 
ment Declaration, contains nine 
main parts dealing with interde- 
pendence, scientific and techno- 
logical progress, efficient use of 


resources, sustainable develop- 
ment, distribution, competition, 
financing of economic develop- 
ment, economic development and 
education and human factors in 
economic development. 

The declaration aims to pro- 
mote the establishment of a 
new world economic era fea- 
turing equality, mutual benefit, 
interdependence and common 
development, and the achiev- 
ing of the Millennium Develop- 
ment Goals as determined by 


the UN Millennium Summit. 

Participants of the conference 
agreed that peace and develop- 
ment are the common aspirations 
of people of all countries and are 
the main themes of today’s world. 
Peace is the basis for development 
and development promotes peace. 
It is everyone’s common duty to 
promote world economic develop- 
ment and safeguard the world 
peace with “equality, credibility, co- 
operation and development” as the 
basic criteria. 


According to the declaration, 
under market economy conditions, 
countries and economies of the 
world trade in goods and services 
with and invest in each other. Sci- 
ence and technology play an impor- 
tant role in economic development. 
All kinds of the finite natural re- 
sources should be used according 
to the laws of science in an efficient 
way and global economic resourc- 
es should be distributed in an opti- 
mum manner. 

Sustainable development was 


also stressed in the declaration. 
Man should coexist with nature 
in harmony so that people, re- 
sources and ambiance interact 
with each other in a perfect cir- 
cle, thus offering a favorable en- 
vironment for a steady economic 
growth and ensuring the sus- 
tainable economic development 
of the world. 

The declaration pointed out 
that increasing incomes and 
wealth should be fairly distrib- 
uted among all countries and 


within each country. Competi- 
tion is conducive to production, 
economic growth and efficient 
use of limited resources. 

A more fair and reasonable 
financial system for supporting 
world economic development must 
be set up to facilitate the flows of 
funds, and to increase the transpar- 
ency of the flows of funds among 
the nations and markets. Educa- 
tion and skill development should 
be promoted for all peoples of the 
world. (Xinhua) 


New long Marchers March into History 


By Xiao Rong 

F inally, they made it. After 384 days 
on the New Long March trail, 
Ed Jocelyn and Andrew McEwen 
reached their destination, Wuqi County, 
Shaanxi Province, at around 5:30 pm 
Monday. 

Starting on October 16, 2002 from 
Yudu, Jiangxi Province, Jocelyn and McE- 
wen have been retracing the trail of the 
original Long March of the Chinese Red 
Army, crossing ten provinces and autono- 
mous regions. In doing so, they have be- 
come the first foreigners to tread this 
route since Otto Braun, the German mili- 
tary advisor who accompanied the origi- 
nal Long Marchers. 

Reaching the end one day later than 
scheduled and two weeks after the date 
the original Long March finished, the two 
Englishmen looked both excited 
and exhausted. Surrounded by 
local school children, they walked 
through the curious welcoming 
crowd like heroes, with red flags 
draped over their shoulders, each 
waving a bunch of flowers. 

The first thing both of them 
did after settling into the Wuqi Hotel was 
to call their parents on their satellite 
phone, they told Beijing Today. 

“It has been a very long journey. I have 
never been more tired in all my life, but 
today is one of our happiest days because 
we’ve come to the end,” said 35-year-old 
Jocelyn. “And even if I were offered one 
million dollars to repeat the journey, I 
would say no, though I have no regrets 
about having done it.” 

“Wuqi before was kind of dreamland to 
us, but finally Wuqi is a real place,” McE- 
wen, 37, added. 

For the previous 23 days, the duo 
walked an average of 30 kilometers per 
day. And on the final day, they walked 
a record 37 kilometers. Beijing Today 
caught up with them Monday morning at 
Xinzhaixiang, about 25 kilometers from 
Wuqi, in time to witness their last brunch 
on the road. 

They arrived at Xinzhaixiang at about 
10:10, slightly ahead of schedule. Walk- 
ing into a roadside restaurant, the duo or- 
dered two plates of chaomianpian (fried 
noodles) “with eggs but no meat.” 

Although only McEwen is a vegetarian, 
ordering the same food along the way has 
become common practice for them, just to 
keep things simple. “It’s really lucky that 
we have been recently walking across the 
northwest part of China, where noodles are 
the staple food. That’s good to my stomach,” 


McEwen told Beijing Today. 

Suffering from gastritis for the past 
seven months, McEwen was forced to re- 
turn to Beijing in late July for two weeks 
of medical treatment. But he managed to 
subsequently rejoin Jocelyn, contrary to 
expectations. 

When asked what was the biggest ben- 
efit of completing the New Long March, 
both hesitated to give a definite answer. 
But they both agreed that learning to be- 
come “aggressive and not so courteous” 
was one of the changes the experience 
had made to their characters. “I feel more 
confident to be able to find positive resolu- 
tions in handling difficult situations,” Joc- 
elyn added, saying they still need time to 
ponder the deeper benefits. 

The two marchers have clearly paid a 
lot, both physiologically, economically and 
mentally. One direct outcome is 
the significant loss of weight that 
many of their friends have com- 
mented on. Another is that both 
are now deeply in debt. 

Neither, however, view such re- 
sults as sacrifice. It was those 
red army veterans who truly suf- 
fered during the original Long March, 
they pointed out. Their New Long March, 
equipped with modern communications 
equipment and with no enemies on their 
heels, was a relatively comfortable expe- 
dition. 

“The veterans, not us, should best under- 
stand the real Long March spirit. And our 
plan is to study and document the living 
history along the route of the Long March,” 
McEwen explained. “Another important rea- 
son that we want to study the Long March is 
because it’s the founding myth of new Chi- 
na, which is the most important story to un- 
derstand modern China.” 

For their study, the pair have met 11 
Long March veterans and interviewed 
107 witnesses, compiling two notebooks 
of diaries and over 20,000 photographs. 
A New Long March photo exhibition is 
due to open at the Millennium Monument 
in Beijing on January 15, 2004, and an 
album of photos will be released at the 
same time. A book recording their experi- 
ence is also planned for next year, to co- 
incide with the 70th anniversary of the 
original Long March. 

“Actually the ending of the New Long 
March trail is only the beginning of our 
research, as we will continue to visit more 
veterans back in Beijing and collect more 
material,” said Jocelyn. “In this sense, we 
are still on the road for the truth of the 
history.” ( Continued on Page 2) 



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Road Traffic Safely Law Approved 


By WangXiaoxiao 

A new law on road traffic safety 
is to go into effect nationwide on 
May 1 next year. The law was 
approved by the Fifth Session of 
the 10th National People’s Con- 
gress (NPC) Standing Committee 
on October 28. 

One of the most hotly debated 
aspects of the law has been the 
issue of who should be held respon- 
sible in accidents involving vehicles 
and pedestrians. It had been sug- 
gested that drivers should bear no 
responsibility in accidents caused 
by pedestrians, however this pro- 
posal has been rejected. 


“The law not only reflects the dig- 
nity of the law itself, but also shows 
the legislators’ care for lives,” NPC 
Standing Committee member Jiang 
Ying was quoted as saying in Beijing 
Youth Daily. According to the new 
law, drivers should be held responsi- 
ble for accidents between their vehi- 
cles and pedestrians or non-motor 
vehicles, but if there is evidence that 
the pedestrian or non-motor vehicle 
had broken the traffic law, and that 
the driver had taken all reasonable 
measures to avoid the accident, the 
driver’s responsibility may be less- 
ened or even negated. 

The new law also includes 


specific regulations regarding the 
impounding of illegally parked cars, 
an issue that has long been a major 
cause of disputes between drivers 
and traffic police. According to the 
law, if the owner of car is at 
the scene, police should give an 
oral warning and demand the car 
be driven away. If the owner is 
not there or refuses to follow the 
instruction, the police can impose 
a fine from 20 to 200 yuan on the 
owner and tow the car away, but 
cannot charge for towing the car. 
If the car is improperly towed and 
damaged as a result, the owner is 
entitled to demand compensation 


from the police. 

The law also gives pedestrians 
absolute right of way on marked 
crossings and limits the privileges of 
cars bearing special licence plates. 
It also contains a stricter defini- 
tion of drunk driving and imposes 
heavier penalties. 

“The new law will help regulate 
Beijing’s traffic, but the most impor- 
tant thing is that those who break 
the law should certainly be pun- 
ished. No matter how severe the 
law is, it will only work when it 
really works,” commented Elmira 
Gaberova, a Bulgarian who has 
lived in China for several years. 



Extension Plan 
Chosen for New 
Airport Terminal 


By Chen Si 

The design plan for a new passenger ter- 
minal at Beijing Capital Airport has been 
chosen, according to a report in Thursday’s 
Beijing Star Daily. 

The plan was one of seven shortlisted 
finalists that have been on show at the air- 
port since September. The winning design is 
by Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) 
and Dutch firm Foster and Arup. 

The new terminal, which resembles a 


cross-section of Paris’ Eiffel Tower from 
above, is expected to become a new symbol 
of the capital. It will feature a parking 
area able to accommodate 10,000 cars, an 
improved taxi area, and rapid access to city 
trains and buses. It will cover an area of 
350,000 square meters, twice that of the 
present terminal. 

Construction is scheduled to start on 
March 28 next year, and is due for comple- 
tion in 2007. 


EU Opens to Chinese Visitors 

By Sun Ling 

China and the European Union (EU) signed a tour- 
ism agreement on October 30 that is expected to 
greatly facilitate travel by Chinese tour groups to 
Europe. Though the agreement still needs to be rat- 
ified by the EU member states, it is expected to be 
finalized early next year. 

The authorized destination status (ADS) agreement, 
reached following the EU-China summit in Beijing, 
will simplify visa procedures for Chinese tour group to 
Europe. “Last year some 1.3 million European tourists 
came to China, but only 650,000 Chinese tourists went 
to Europe,” an EU official said. The EU members are 
expected to see a significant increase in Chinese tour- 
ists to their countries in the following year. 

Besides EU members, China has signed ADS agree- 
ments with 18 countries, including Thailand, Malay- 
sia, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. 
When asked to comment on the EU-China agree- 
ment, tourism organizations in those countries gener- 
ally responded favorably, commenting that with more 
authorized destinations, Chinese tourists will have 
more choices, and thus more interest in traveling. 

The agreement represents a potential gold mine 
for Chinese travel agencies, with many people already 
planning to take advantage of the agreement and visit 
Europe next year. 

New Regulation on Tempo- 
rary Residence Permit 

By Huang Chunchen 

Hong Kong and Macao residents and overseas Chi- 
nese who live and work in Beijing no longer need to 
apply for temporary residence licenses. The new regu- 
lation took effect from November 1. 

Along with this new policy, Hong Kong and Macao 
residents and overseas Chinese can use their entrance 
pass to the mainland, passport, work permit or resi- 
dence permit to pick up goods from customs, purchase 
cars and apply for drivers’ licenses. 

In the past, Hong Kong and Macao residents and 
overseas Chinese were required to show a temporary 
residence permit, obtained from the Public Security 
Bureau, to handle such affairs in Beijing. 


Highs and lows of 
the New Long March 


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By Ed Jocelyn/ 

Andrew McEwen 

We are sad to announce 
this is the last dispatch 
we’ll be sending you from 
the Red Army Trail. 

As we approach the finish line in Wuqi, 
Shaanxi Province, we’ve been totting up 
Long March statistics and reviewing the 
best and worst of our year on the road. 

For example, for all of you who believed 
the Long March was 25,000 li, we’re sorry 
to say it adds up to just under 12,000 li - 
6,120 kilometers is our best estimate. You 
need to add the journeys of the 2nd, 6th 
and 4th Front Armies all together if you 
want something around 25,000 li. 

More surprising to us were the Snow 
Mountain stats. Our history books all told 
us there were five, but we looked every- 
where and only came up with four. 

And Jiajinshan was the smallest, not 
the biggest. 

Asking the way was perhaps the tough- 
est challenge of the whole journey. We reckon 
locals answered our questions by saying, ‘You 
won’t find the road” approximately 568 times. 
They also liked to tell us we would have prob- 
lems because the people “over there”wouldn’t 
be able to speak Chinese. 

The number of times people “over there” 
couldn’t speak Chinese was... zero. 

We were tested for SARS 11 times, and 
detained by SARS officials once. This latter 
event happened in Qinglong Village, Yunnan, 
whose officials win ‘Worst Local Govern- 
ment” of the New Long March. They ordered 
our detention during the SARS epidemic, 
while they hid in the government building 
and refused to speak to us. After we released 
ourselves and marched into the government 


building to demand an explanation, they had 
the gall to invite us to lunch. Thanks, but no 
thanks, Party Secretary Li. 

We met 1,167 policemen on the Long 
March route. The “Best Policeman” award 
goes to Tang Hongyun, Ganziyuan, Dao 
County, who fed us and found us a place 
to sleep after we received a frosty welcome 
from locals. 

The ‘Worst Policeman” prize was easily 
scooped by Li Qinghong, Jin’er, Xingwen 
County, Sichuan, who on grounds of “safety” 
had us thrown out of our guesthouse after 
dark and then suggested we walk to the 
county town, 30 kilometers away. We slept 
rough on the local government steps opposite 
the police station, where Officer Li slept in 
warmth and comfort. We asked if we could 
sleep in the police station where it was safe. 

“The police station is not a guesthouse,” 
said Officer Li. 

Neither, apparently, was the guesthouse. 

On at least 237 occasions, we were 
asked, “How do you keep going on such 
a long journey?” For this, we refer to our 
“Biggest Inspiration” award-winner. Li Bin 
of the China Friendship Research Associa- 
tion gave us an arrogant and ignorant lec- 
ture about the Long March, reneged on a 
promise to help us, and concluded by sug- 
gesting we “think again” about our project. 
The memory of our meeting with Li saw us 
through the most difficult times. 

But one question outdid all others for pop- 
ularity on the New Long March. 

“Why don’t you get the bus?” 

We heard this approximately 3,268 
times. And it was a good question every 
time. If we never hear that question again, 
it will be too often. 

If anyone knows where Andy and Ed can 
find the missing Snow Mountain, or would like 
to know anything more about the New Long 
March, visit www.iongmarch2003.com or write 
to xinchangzhengren2003@yahoo. com. cn 

(Continued from Page 1) 


Restrictions Relaxed on 
Overseas Investors 

By Sun Eing 

The State Administration of Foreign Exchange 
(SAFE) approved Chongqing Municipality, Guangxi 
Autonomous Region and Hubei and Hunan provinces 
recently as trial areas for overseas investment reform. 
The move brings the total number of such trial areas 
to 14. 

According to measures that took effect on Novem- 
ber 1, these 14 areas are allowed to approve overseas 
investments of up to $3 million, versus a previous ceil- 
ing of $10 million. 

Other new measures include: allowing domestic 
investors to remit funds to overseas projects during 
startup stage; further clarification of documents 
needed to apply for overseas purchasing and fund 
increasing projects; improving foreign currency regis- 
tration of overseas investment projects; and strength- 
ening supervision of overseas investment. 

In related moves, China has this year cut export 
incentives, tightened rules on lending to property 
investors and restricted quotas for foreign banks 
investing in Chinese stocks and bonds. 

Some analysts say this policy was carried out to 
deflect US pressure for a revaluation of the Renminbi. 
Though the easing of investment restrictions is not so 
significant in itself, taken with the other changes and 
diplomatic deals, it will contribute toward a more sta- 
bilized yuan. 

Since the first trial areas were approved in October 
last year, overseas investment reform has been car- 
ried out for more than one year. In the coming years, 
SAFE will gradually approve more trial provinces or 
regions as they meet certain criteria. 

City Opens Assets to 
Private Investors 

By Chen Si 

Over 55 billion yuan in assets of workable basic 
infrastructure are to be fully opened to private inves- 
tors in Beijing within five years, according to China 
News Agency on October 24. 

Yan Xiaoyan, general economist of Beijing Devel- 
opment and Reformation Committee, said at the 
Seventh Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Cooperation 
Symposium on October 23 that over 170 items, cov- 
ering US $9.7 billion, have been recommended and 
many of the workable basic infrastructure items are 
to be open to private capital, state owned capital and 
foreign capital. 

Workable basic infrastructure includes water, elec- 
tricity and heat supply and sewage systems. The 
Beijing government hopes the move will break the 
industry monopoly and introduce competition. 

In addition, certain basic infrastructure items for 
which management income is less than cost, such as 
traffic management, the government will provide pri- 
vate investors with subsidies and preferential policies 
to repay the investment. 

Yan also indicated that non-workable basic infra- 
structure items such as city roads and public green 
belts, would be primarily invested by the government. 

Second Phase of 3G Testing to 
Start Soon 

By Chen Si 

China will start the second phase of the trial of its 
third generation (3G) mobile communications system 
next February. 

Lou Qinjian, vice-minister of Information Industry 
(Mil), announced on October 30 in Beijing that the 
first phase of testing had just ended, that results were 
promising and that field testing will start soon. 

With 250 million mobile telecommunication sub- 
scribers, China has become a key market for interna- 
tional and domestic telecom operators, equipment and 
phone makers. 

“From the test results on the MTNet in the Chinese 
Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR), we 
believe the 3G technologies are mature, as are the con- 
ditions for the field test,” Lou said at the opening of 
the 3G in China Global Summit on October 30. “We 
believe the results of the second phase test would pave 
the way for the rollout of 3G by telecom operators 
in the near future.” Lou also pointed out that China 
should continue to research industry policies involv- 
ing the market and avoid any risks associated with a 
premature launch. 

Wen Ku, director of Mil’s department of Science 
and Technology, said the second phase of testing will 
be conducted in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou 
and would involve all three 3G standards - wideband 
code division multiple access, CDMA 2000 and time 
division synchronous CDMA. 

The focus of the trial will be on the inter-connection 
of systems from different vendors and between mobile 
phones and networks, as well as the compatibility of 
the second generation and 3G systems and coverage 
quality. 

Japanese Logistics Enterprise 
Extends Market in Reijing 

By Huang Chunchen 

Japan’s largest logistics enterprise, Sagawa Logis- 
tics, established a subsidiary company in Beijing on 
October 28. Named Beijing Sumisho Sagawa Logis- 
tics, it will extend its delivery area to all regions of 
Beijing, as well as all over China. 

The company is invested by Sagawa Logistics, 
Beijing Holdings and Sumitomo Corporation, with 
total registered capital of US $3.62 million. It is based 
at Beijing Logistics Port. 

The major business of the new company will ini- 
tially be small goods delivery service, in order to 
develop the logistics market in Beijing. It provides 
urban and provincial transport service, including ordi- 
nary freight transport, express transport, goods deliv- 
ery, refrigerated and frozen transport, containerized 
traffic, storage and a logistics advisory service. Ten 
transfer stations will be set up throughout the city. 




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Entrepreneur Sent to Jail 
on Iffy Financial Charges 



Verdict in millionaire’s case exposes problems facing 
private businesses in seeking financing 


After being released from detention, Sun Dawu went to the construc- 
tion site for a new library for the Dawu High School run by his com- 
pany. Building of the library has stopped as a result of Sun’s legal 
troubles. Photo by Lou Ge 


By Shan Jinliang 

A private entrepreneur in Hebei Prov- 
ince was sentenced to three years in jail 
and four years’ probation on October 30 
for illegally borrowing over 13 million 
yuan from local farmers. The case is wide- 
ly regarded as highly indicative of the out- 
of-date laws and other pitfalls that stand 
as obstacles to the development of private 
domestic businesses. 

Sun Dawu, 49, chairman of Dawu Agri- 
cultural and Breeding Group Company in 
Xushui County, Hebei borrowed the funds 
from the farmers between January 2000 
and May this year. 

After he was initially detained in July, 
he gave a public statement explaining he 
had intended to use the money to develop 
his company and support a private middle 
school he set up for the benefit of all Xush- 
ui residents. 

Dawu Group is valued at over 100 million 
yuan and Sun Dawu previously held the title 
of richest man in Hebei. No greedy wealth 
hoarder, Sun invested a considerable amount 
of money in 1998 to establish the private 
Dawu High School, which includes primary, 
junior and senior level education. Tuition 
charges were kept low, so the school was reli- 
ant on funds from Dawu Group to keep oper- 
ating. After investing nearly 1.7 million yuan 
in the school, Sun began to seek outside fi- 
nancing to support its operation. 

He told Beijing Youth Daily on Mon- 
day, “We have tried to borrow money from 
local banks since 1993, but we never got 
anything.” Sun’s son, Sun Meng, acting 
chairman of Dawu group, said his father’s 
relatively upright character was a factor 
in his downfall. He gave an example of 
one time when Sun vowed to take back a 
10,000 yuan bribe he had given to a se- 
nior official of a local financial institution 
with the hopes of getting a loan after the 
official failed to grant any financial as- 
sistance. Sun’s insistence that the money 
be returned soured the relationships be- 
tween his company and many financial 
institutions. 

Sun Dawu was officially detained by the 
Xushui County Public Security Bureau on 
July 7, and the Xushui County Procurator- 
ate Court charged Dawu Group and Sun 
with illegally soliciting financing in Septem- 
ber. Before the court, Sun’s lawyers argued 
that most of the money was borrowed from 
employees or their relatives and friends who 
have economic relations to the company and 
called the “illegal financing” charges vague 


and groundless. 

In July, before the trial began, Sun’s 
lawyer, Zhang Xingshui told the media 
that he expected his client to get 10 years 
in prison. The court dealt Sun a reduced 
sentence of three years’ imprisonment and 
an over- 100,000 yuan fine on the grounds 
that the illegally collected funds were only 
used for company development and were 
not abused. 

After the verdict was passed, Sun told a 
reporter from Guangdong-based South Met- 
ropolitan Daily on Saturday that he would 
not appeal the case to a higher court because 
he felt the judgment was a “social develop- 
ment” for him and he could use the time for 
self-examination. “I will grow into a more 
mature person,” Sun said in another inter- 
view with that paper on Tuesday. “Plus, this 
incident should promote better understand- 
ing between banks and private companies 
and make it easier to get financing.” 

The Xushui County government has allo- 
cated 7 million yuan to pay back some of the 
farmers’ money, though many locals have 
expressed confidence Sun would return the 
money they lent to him. 

When asked by a Beijing Youth Daily 
reporter on Monday how Dawu Group 
would repay the money, and if the school 
would be closed, Sun responded, “No. Since 
I am out of jail for the time being, I can 
find new ways to get financing, such as 
seeking funds from banks, borrowing from 
employees or transferring some shares to 
company employees.” 

According to Liu Ping, Dawu Group 
general manager, this case is being used 
as precedent for dangerous attacks on pri- 
vate entrepreneurs. He told the Guang- 
dong-based 21st Century Economic Herald 
that some local governments in Shanxi, 
Shaanxi and Guizhou provinces are lining 
up to punish some other private entrepre- 
neurs on the same grounds that ended up 
putting Sun in jail. 

Passage of the court’s sentence has only 
added fuel to already heated debate about 
Sun’s case in business and legal circles 
and online. Economist Mao Yushi told the 
press on September 25, “Some of the re- 
lated laws and regulations were drawn 
up years ago and need to be amended 
or dropped because they conflict with the 
principles of a market economy. As a re- 
sult, someone can break these laws with- 
out actually committing a crime or bad 
deed. Sun’s actions are technically ‘illegal’ 
but are actually good deeds.” 


Xinjiang Hops Chairman Disappears 


New name added to ‘China Richiist’ hall of shameP 


By Shan Jinliang 

On Tuesday, Xinjiang Hops Corp. 
released a statement on Tuesday that 
its chairman, Aikelamu Aishayoufu, 
could not be reached. The company’s 
share value has fallen steadily since 
the announcement. 

Two weeks before, Aikelamu had 
turned up as No. 22 on the list of 
China’s most wealthy equity cap- 
italists issued by British expert 
Rupert Hoogewerf and Euromoney 
magazine on October 22. Analysts 
for the Guangdong-based New Ex- 
press and other domestic newspa- 
pers have speculated that he took 
his money and ran and compared 
him to other people ranked on the 
rich list, such as 1980’s move star 


Liu Xiaoqing, who have ended up 
convicted and punished for finan- 
cial misdealing. 

The company’s statement said 
that Aikelamu had been missing for 
a few days and Vice Chairman Yao 
Rongjiang had assumed his duties. 
Internal investigations conducted by 
the company uncovered over 1.7 bil- 
lion yuan of illegally received loans. 
According to a report in Guangzhou- 
based South Metropolitan Daily on 
Tuesday, “Xinjiang Hops, with only 
600 million yuan in net assets, is fac- 
ing 1.46 billion yuan of debts, mean- 
ing its survival is definitely at risk.” 

The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous 
Region Government announced in an 
official statement Wednesday that Ai- 


kelamu’s departure was a personal 
issue and had nothing to do with the 
company’s regular performance. 

That statement continued that 
the Urumqi office under the China 
Securities Regulatory Committee 
had sent a team to investigate 
the company, which would continue 
normal operations in order to not 
harm the interests of its financial 
partners, raw materials supporters 
and other related parties. 

According to a press release 
made by Xinjiang Hops in 1997, 
Aikelamu established Xinjiang 
Hengyu Development Corporation 
and became its chairman, and 
since Xinjiang Hengyu was the ma- 
jor shareholder of Xinjiang Hops, 



Aikelamu Aishayoufu Photo by Bqb 


Aikelamu indirectly held a con- 
trolling 24.6 percent stake in Xin- 
jiang Hops. 


Cigarette Makers Merging 


Spanish Dia Discount Retail Chain 
Sets lip Shops in Capital 


Shanghai Tobacco (Group) Corp, 
the maker of several top-selling do- 
mestic cigarette brands including 
Chung-hwa, Double Happiness, Pe- 
ony and Panda, announced Wednes- 
day that it had taken over the 
Beijing Cigarette Factory. 

The government-ordered move 
reflects the central government’s 
decision to consolidate the nation’s 
tobacco business in the face of in- 
creased competition from foreign 
giants and with the intention of 
forging a stronger presence in the 
global market. 

China is the world’s biggest mak- 
er and consumer of cigarettes. 

The Beijing factory has an an- 
nual production capacity of 162,000 
crates of cigarettes, while STC’s ca- 


pacity is 1.3 million crates annually. 

“Next year we will conduct more 
consolidation,” said Dong Haolin, 
president of Shanghai Tobacco, “and 
many domestic tobacco producers 
expect to be merged with us.” 

Since 2001, tariffs on foreign cig- 
arettes have dropped from 65 per- 
cent to 25 percent as part of China’s 
commitments to the World Trade 
Organization. 

“The industry is still full of small- 
er and less competitive players. To 
compete with foreign counterparts, 
we need to create more powerful en- 
terprises and present concentrated 
brands on the market,” said an offi- 
cial sumamed Jiang with the State 
Tobacco Monopoly Administration. 

(Shanghai Daily) 


By Tony Shaw 

The Spanish discount chain Dia, a 
subsidiary of French retail giant Car- 
refour, opened its first two shops in 
Beijing in Haidian District last Thurs- 
day. The company’s plans call for open- 
ing two stores a week over the next 
five years. 

The stores, which mainly sell food 
and daily use goods, are located in 
the Yongtai and Jin’gouhe communi- 
ties. Their opening, under Dia’s slo- 
gan of “20 percent lower than the 
general market price” drew around 
500 shoppers their first day of opera- 
tion, although later many consumers 
complained that most of the goods on 
offer were very similar to those at oth- 


er local supermarkets. 

The two stores and future out- 
lets will be overseen by Dia Shou- 
lian, the joint venture set up by 
Beijing Shoulian Group and Dia. 
Qu Yongjie, regional manager for 
the company’s development depart- 
ment, told the press last week that 
all Dia stores in Beijing would be lo- 
cated in residential neighborhoods. 
Only 30 percent of the products sold 
in the local stores carry the Dia 
brand, although that percentage is 
expected to rise to 50 percent soon, 
he added. 

The Beijing company said it 
planned to open 320 Dia stores in 
the capital over the next five years. 


American E-business Company 
Promotes Cooperation 

By Sun Ming 

US-based e-business firm InnoCentive held a confer- 
ence with the Chinese Academy of Sciences at the Great 
Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday to formalize 
their partnership and officially introduce the company 
and its goals to the Chinese scientific community. 

Darren J. Carroll, the company’s president and CEO, 
said at the conference, “InnoCentive recognizes that 
China is a scientific powerhouse and this landmark 
conference, similar to the conferences we have held in 
Russia, will bring together US and international sci- 
entific colleagues to discuss the latest global trends 
in biology, chemistry and pharmaceutical research and 
development.” 

InnoCentive is an online forum that allows leading 
scientists and science-based companies from around 
the world to collaborate as a global community to fa- 
cilitate the discovery of innovative solutions to com- 
plex challenges. 

“The Chinese Academy of Science’s large and fast-grow- 
ing community of scientists, students and professors makes 
it the ideal partner for InnoCentive,” Carroll added. 

Cadillacs to Cruise out of Shanghai 

European luxury sedans, watch out - Cadillacs are 
coming to China. 

General Motors Corp. announced Tuesday that it 
planned to boost its manufacturing capacity in Shang- 
hai by 50 percent to build Cadillacs, expanding its 
push into the luxury end of the world’s fastest grow- 
ing auto market. 

GM, which already markets Buicks and Chevrolets 
in this country, said it would sell both imported and do- 
mestically assembled Cadillacs. Building Cadillacs in- 
side China would allow customers to avoid paying high 
import duties. 

GM, which claims an 8.2 percent share of China’s ve- 
hicle market, has announced that its sales by late Sep- 
tember had already surpassed the total for last year, 
with 267,395 cars sold. 

Cadillacs will be assembled alongside Buicks at GM’s 
Shanghai plant, which will hike capacity to 300,000 ve- 
hicles by the end of 2005, the company has stated. GM’s 
joint venture plant with Shanghai Automotive Industry 
Corp and Wuling Automotive in the Guangxi Zhuang Au- 
tonomous Region is to increase its annual capacity by 
150,000 vehicles to 336,000 by 2006. 

(Shanghai Daily) 

TCL, Thomson Alliance Trumps Sony 
for TV Top Spot 

Chinese company TCL teamed up with French com- 
pany Thomson Tuesday in Guangzhou, Guangdong Prov- 
ince to form the world’s largest television production 
joint venture. 

The TCL-Thomson venture will produce 18 million tele- 
vision sets annually, replacing Sony as the world’s leading 
television maker in terms of volume, said Li Dongsheng, 
chairman of TCL International and Charles Dehelly, Thom- 
son CEO, at a ceremony for the signing of the deal in 
Guangzhou on Tuesday. 

The two companies plan to combine their TV and DVD 
businesses, according to the cooperation memorandum. To- 
tal assets of the joint venture will amount to 450 million eu- 
ros, with TCL International holding a 67 percent stake and 
Thomson a 33 percent stake in the enterprise. 

According to the memo, TCL, China’s top TV and mo- 
bile phone producer, will contribute all its TV and DVD 
related factories, research and development institutions 
and its complete sales network in the Chinese main- 
land, Vietnam and Germany to the joint venture. Mean- 
while, Thomson will provide its corresponding facilities 
and agencies in Mexico, Poland and Thailand. 

TCL-Thomson plans to promote products under the 
brand of TCL in Asia and other new markets while sell- 
ing Thomson and RCA-brand products in the European 
and North American markets. (Xinhua) 

Sohu Completes uplink with Wall Disney 

Chinese Internet portal Sohu.com linked with the on- 
line arm of the giant Walt Disney entertainment con- 
glomerate for the development of mobile value-added 
services last Saturday. 

According to the agreement signed in Beijing, the 
first phase of cooperation between the two companies in- 
cludes mutual development of mobile messaging services 
and the construction and operation of Walt Disney’s Chi- 
nese website. 

“This is the most important cooperation we have had 
in Internet content and a great step towards the devel- 
opment of the content on our websites,” said Charles 
Zhang, chairman and CEO of Sohu, which is listed on the 
US Nasdaq stock market. 

Sohu will act as Walt Disney’s only online partner in Chi- 
na and build and operate the latter’s Chinese website. 

Walt Disney will also authorize Sohu to provide 400 
black and white photographs and more than 4,500 color im- 
ages of Disney cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and 
Donald Duck on Sohu’s mobile message channel. (Xinhua) 

Wal-Mart Marches into Southeast China 

By David Huang 

Wal-Mart Stores, the world’s largest retailer, is ex- 
pected to set up its first Sam’s Club in Guiyang, capital 
of Guizhou Province, in southwest China next year. 

Last week, Wal-Mart China and Guiyang New Centu- 
ry Construction Development Company signed a cooper- 
ation agreement to build the store, which will be located 
in the underground shopping center beneath People’s 
Square in the heart of the city. 

According to Shi Yi, director of GNCCD’s Finance 
Department, the Guiyang Sam’s Club will be the 32nd 
or 33rd outlet Wal-Mart has opened in the Chinese 
mainland since the multinational entered the market 
through the city of Shenzhen in 1996. The huge new 
shopping store should be ready to open to customers 
in mid-2004. 






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UN OKs Anti-Corruption Treaty 


United Nations, October 31 (AP) - 
The UN General Assembly adopted 
a landmark anti-corruption treaty on 
Friday requiring politicians to disclose 
their campaign finances and countries 
to return tainted assets to the nation 
they were stolen from. 

The treaty, which the 191-nation 
body adopted by consensus, spells out 
measures to prevent corruption in 
the public and private sectors and 
requires governments to cooperate in 
the investigations and prosecutions 
of offenders. 

“The adoption of the United Nations 
Convention against Corruption sends 
a clear message that the international 
community is determined to prevent 
and control corruption,” Secretary-Gen- 
eral Kofi Annan said. 

“And it reaffirms the importance of 
core values, such as honesty, respect 
for the rule of law, accountability and 
transparency, in promoting develop- 
ment and making the world a better 
place for all.” 

It complements another landmark 
treaty, the United Nations Convention 
against Transnational Organized 
Crime, which entered into force on Sep- 
tember 29 and requires ratifying coun- 
tries to cooperate with each other in 
combatting money laundering, orga- 


nized crime and human trafficking. 

The new corruption treaty commits 
governments to require politicians and 
parties to declare openly how they 
finance their election campaigns. 

But the biggest breakthrough is 
the provision requiring parties to 
return assets obtained through cor- 
ruption to the country from where 
they were stolen. 

As a result, “corrupt officials will in 
the future find fewer ways to hide their 
illicit gains,” Annan said. 

US Ambassador John Negroponte 
told the General Assembly the treaty 
was “a milestone achievement in 
the global effort to ensure transpar- 
ency, fairness, and justice in public 
affairs.” 

Philippines diplomat Victor Garcia 
said his country was among those dam- 
aged by corruption among high-level 
officials and their high-powered cohorts 
in the private sector. 

“Like the war against terrorism, this 
war against corruption must have the 
widest possible international consen- 
sus,” he said. 

Rwanda’s UN Ambassador Stanislas 
Kamanzi, speaking on behalf of African 
nations, said the treaty will help pre- 
vent armed conflict and fight terrorists, 
who often use corrupt funds. 


Analysts 9 Take: 

The convention impels us to study 
domestic legal mechanisms for tracing 
corrupt fugitives and retrieving stolen 
assets in accordance with the treaty, 
which will help enhance the efficiency 
of punishing corrupt criminals. 

The treaty also highlighted compre- 
hensive prevention strategies against 
corruption, in addition to resolute crack- 
down efforts. The treaty calls on member 
governments to establish special organs 
to target corruption, to insist on trans- 
parency in public administration, and 
to strengthen management of civil ser- 
vants and non-elected government offi- 
cials with fixed rules of fairness, honesty 
and accountability. 

It is also notable that the treaty 
encourages the public to take part in the 
anti-corruption campaign and empha- 
sizes the role of the judiciary, which 
is key to the fight against corruption. 
These strategies should be embraced 
by China’s anti-corruption practices. It 
would also be a good addition to China’s 
judicial practices. 

- Chen Zhengyun, jurist with the 
Supreme People’s Procuratorate 

Corrupt Chinese officials have many 
different ways to escape to foreign coun- 
tries. The most common ones are using 


official visits as camouflage, forging a 
passport and visa and even hiding in a 
van or boat to slip out of the country. 
There are also many ways of getting 
the money out of the country such as 
disguising it as a foreign investment or 
a foreign trade contract in the name of 
the government. 

Now the finance industry is globally 
and electronically developed, illicit 
funds can also be easily transferred to a 
foreign account through the Internet. 

There are many reasons why the 
escaped corrupt officials cannot be extra- 
dited back to China to stand trial, such 
as the different legislation and legal sys- 
tems between nations as well as the 
fees involved in the extradition. There 
also needs to be an extradition treaty 
between the two nations involved. 

Adapting to international practices 
on anti-corruption legislation is not a 
compromise or submission by China 
but the result of the urgent need to 
develop international cooperation to 
combat corruption among Chinese offi- 
cials. To make the most of the United 
Nations’ Anti-Corruption Treaty, we 
have to improve our criminal procedure 
system and establish a system that 
makes extradition easier. 

- Lu Jianping, professor of Law 
School , Renmin University 


New Faces at Yukos 

Moscow, November 4 (AP) - Three 
Americans will have a major role in run- 
ning Russia’s embattled Yukos oil giant 
after the company named a new man- 
agement team Tuesday following the 
resignation of its jailed chief executive. 

With US citizens as CEO, chief finan- 
cial officer and another top post, Yukos 
may in part be seeking to protect itself 
as prosecutors investigate it and move 
forward against former boss Mikhail 
Khodorkovsky, a case some see as polit- 
ically motivated. 

Khodorkovsky - Russia’s richest 
man, whose arrest on fraud and tax eva- 
sion charges sparked a drop in Yukos 
shares and, in turn, a plunge in the 
Moscow Stock Martet - resigned as 
CEO on Monday, saying he wants to 
deflect the blows from his company. 



Simon Kukes, new chief executive of oil 
giant Yukos 


Caspian Oil Pipeline 
Passes Tests 

Washington, November 4 (Reuters) 
- The World Bank Group’s oil director 
said on Tuesday a major Caspian Sea 
oil project warranted its support and 
had passed the environmental and 
social criteria. 

The International Financial Corp, 
the World Bank’s private sector arm, on 
Tuesday approved up to $310 million 
in loans for the project, which includes 
investment in a pipeline that stretches 
from Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, through 
Tbilisi, Georgia and on to Turkey’s Med- 
iterranean port of Ceyhan. 

“It is fair to say that these kinds 
of projects entail some risks but we 
feel the risks have been mitigated or 
addressed,” Rashad Kaldany, director of 
the group’s oil, gas, mining and chemi- 
cal department told Reuters. 

Citigroup Forks Out for 
Sears’ Business 

New York, November 3 (AP) - Citi- 
group Inc. completed the $31.8 billion 
acquisition of Sears Roebuck & Co.’s 
Credit Card and Financial Products 
business on Monday, opening the door 
for the nation’s biggest financial ser- 
vices company to start nursing the 
struggling unit back to health. 

New York-based Citigroup said the 
purchase price included a 10 percent, 
or $2.9 billion, premium on Sears pri- 
vate label and bankcard credit card 
receivables of $28.6 billion, and $300 
million for other assets, business facil- 
ities and employees. 

Problems with Sears’ credit-card 
operations have threatened efforts by 
the company to revitalize its ailing 
retail business. 

GM to Raise Output in 
China by 50% 

Shanghai, November 4 (FT) - General 
Motors, the world’s largest carmaker, has 
announced a further expansion in China, 
including an extension of its flagship 
Shanghai plant and plans to make and 
import cars bearing the Cadillac brand. 

According to the announcement by 
Rick Wagoner, the chairman and chief 
executive, now visiting China, GM will 
lift its capacity in China from just above 
500,000 today to around 760,000 by 
2006, a 50 per cent increase. 

GM is increasing capacity to meet 
hot demand in the fastest growing car 
market in the world, and also to pre- 
pare for the fully-fledged entry into the 
market over the next two years of its 
Japanese rivals, Toyota and Nissan. 

Gucci Seeks Replace- 
ment for Top Duo 

Paris, November 5 (AP) - Gucci Group 
searched Wednesday for candidates to 
replace designer Tom Ford and chief 
executive Domenico De Sole, whose hit 
partnership turned the company into a 
fashion powerhouse. 

A recruitment panel has been set up 
to find worthy successors. But industry 
watchers said the pairing of Ford’s inno- 
vative designs with De Sole’s shrewd busi- 
ness sense would be tough to match. 



The South 
Korean Air 
Force special 
flight team, the 
Black Eagles, 
performs 
during the 
Korea Air Show 
2003 in Busan, 
south of Seoul 
on Tuesday, 
November 4 . 
About 180 


companies 
from 20 
countries are 
presenting 
their newest 
technology and 
equipment at 
the show . 

Xinhua Photo 




Judge Clears WoridCom’s 
Exit From Bankruptcy 

November 2 (Washington Post) - A federal 
bankruptcy judge approved WorldCom Inc.’s 
reorganization plan yesterday, a breakthrough 
for a telecommunications company that has 
been controlled by its creditors and beset by 
financial scandal for more than a year. 

The decision by Judge Arthur J. Gonzalez 
in New York allows the nation’s second-larg- 
est long-distance company to keep virtually 
all its assets while eliminating more than 
$35 billion in debt. 

WorldCom is on track to exit bankruptcy at 
a time when the telecommunications industry 
is struggling with huge competitive pressures. 
Local and long-distance companies are invad- 
ing each other’s turf while the powerful cable 
industry is in the early stages of offering tele- 
phone service over its lines. 

Consumers are turning to cell phones and 
even the Internet to make phone calls. The 
results have been lower prices for consumers 
and declining revenue for companies. World- 
Corn’s sales have fallen 30 percent in less 
than two years. 

The Ashburn-based company filed for pro- 
tection from its creditors in July 2002, just 
weeks after revealing that a group of its exec- 
utives had conspired to hide billions of dollars 
in losses. The company’s financial troubles 
became a symbol not only of the collapse of 
the speculative high-tech bubble in the 1990s, 
but also of the greed and corporate malfea- 
sance that is synonymous with the time. 

WorldCom’s current leadership hopes that 
by completing the bankruptcy process, the 
focus will shift from the company’s tarnished 
past to its efforts to win customers in a highly 
competitive industry. It is already doing busi- 
ness informally as MCI, the name of its 
better-known long-distance subsidiary. The 
name change will soon be official. 

Under the reorganization plan, World- 
Com’s debt will be reduced from $41 billion to 
$5.8 billion. While in bankruptcy, it has been 
freed from making interest payments, allow- 
ing it to hoard cash. When WorldCom entered 
bankruptcy, it had about $200 million in cash 
on hand. Now it has $5.3 billion. 

WorldCom is still the nation’s second-larg- 
est long-distance company, with more than 20 
million customers. But there have been major 
internal changes. In response to its accounting 
problems and criticism of its corporate gover- 
nance, WorldCom replaced all of its directors. 


Microsoft Targets Net Search, Taking on Google 


November 3 (Dow Jones) 
- Microsoft is determined to 
become a big player in Inter- 
net searches, betting that inter- 
nally developed technology can 
close the gap with Google Inc., 
which operates the most-popu- 
lar search engine. 

The software giant has 
launched a major development 
effort, aimed at creating tech- 
nology to help users find infor- 
mation on the web. Microsoft 
has recruited a number of 
search specialists, including 
Paul Ryan, the former chief 
technology officer of Overture 
Services Inc., a search concern 
bought by Yahoo Inc. this year. 

“It is a large investment we 
are making,” said Kirk Koenigs- 


bauer, a general manager in 
Microsoft’s MSN division asso- 
ciated with the search effort, 
who says it was approved by 
top executives Bill Gates and 
Steve Ballmer. “People know 
we are serious about it.” 

Search engines have become 
the primary starting point for 
Internet navigation and elec- 
tronic commerce, and a big 
source of advertising revenue. 
MSN now ranks fourth in the 
market which is led by fast- 
growing Google. 

The New York Times reported 
Friday that Microsoft execu- 
tives in the past two months 
approached Google to discuss 
the possibility of a takeover, 
which Google rejected. The 


newspaper cited unidentified 
sources. The two companies 
declined to comment on the 
matter. But other people familiar 
with the situation said the talks 
focused primarily on potential 
technical or business coopera- 
tion. Microsoft often meets with 
influential technology start-ups, 
sometimes mentioning the pos- 
sibility of an investment or 
acquisition while sizing up a 
smaller company’s capabilities. 

Google, similarly, routinely 
speaks with potential partners. 
In this case, the firm has an inter- 
est in whether Microsoft might 
choose Google’s search services 
as an alternative to Inktomi, 
a unit of Yahoo that manages 
searches conducted on MSN. 


Analyst’s Take: 

Google’s refusal to join 
Microsoft rests on the different 
cultures of the two companies. 

The only possible reason 
for Goolge to accept Micro- 
soft’s advances would be 
short-term profits. But Google 
is known for its “anti-Micro- 
soft” attitude. 

Google has been a loyal user 
and supporter of open source 
code software. Eric Schmidt, 
chairman and CEO of Google, 
used to work as CEO of Sun 
and Novell, and he suffered 
heavy defeats from Microsoft 
particularly during his period 
at Novell. John Doerr, a Google 
investor, is also a well known 


member of the anti-Microsoft 
group since he provides impor- 
tant help to almost every rival 
of the IT behemoth, such as 
Intuit, Netscape and Sun. 

Another reason for Google 
to stay away from Microsoft is 
the cultural conflict between 
the two companies. Google has 
an image of being non-corpo- 
rate, with a simple, low pro- 
file. It has carefully restricted 
the trend towards over-com- 
mercialization and if it joined 
Microsoft, these values would 
disappear. Google would then 
have a simple future, rather 
like that of Hotmail. 

- Fang Xing dong, chief 
analyst of China Internet 
Labs 



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Masterworks Go 
lor Record Prices 
at weekend 
Auction 

By Yu shanshan 

Big deals were done last week- 
end at the 2003 autumn auction 
of the Sungari International Auc- 
tion Company at the Asia Hotel. 
Among the impressive modern Chi- 
nese paintings sold were works by 
Fu Baoshi and Qi Baishi that went 
for record prices. 

Landscapes Inspired by Mao 
Zedong’s Poems by Fu Baoshi 
(1904-1965) scored the highest price 
of the day. The work is a book 
of eight paintings Fu created be- 
tween 1964 and 1965, all inspired 
by Mao’s poetry, for his friend Wei 
Zhen, a senior official of Jiangsu 
Province. Shortly after the work 
went up for auction last Saturday 
morning, the bidding shot up from 
1 million to 3 million yuan, fol- 
lowed by a short pause and an- 
other bidding spasm in when the 
price shot up by 500,000 yuan in- 
crements. In the end, it went for 
a whopping 19.8 million yuan, in- 
cluding the auction house’s 10 per- 
cent commission fee. 

The excitement of Saturday added 
atmosphere to the bidding the next 
day that included sixteen paintings 



from Qi Baishi (1864-1957). Despite 
not being considered promising be- 
fore the hammer fell, Qi’s 1932 work 
Eight-Panel Landscape got the sec- 
ond-highest price. 

Before a crowd of nearly 800 
people, two bidders, including the 
person who took home Landscapes 
Inspired by Mao Zedong’s Poems , 
entered a heated battle for the 
Qi Baishi work. A Hong Kong art 
dealer bought the painting at the 
1998 Guardian International au- 
tumn auction for 1.59 million yuan, 
but on Sunday its final price was 
16.61 million yuan, far above pre- 
auction estimations that it would 
go for only 1.2 million yuan. 

Though ancient paintings domi- 
nate the mainland art auction mar- 
ket, experts see great prospects for 
modern Chinese works. “The sales 
this past weekend are examples 
of how tastes have changed over 
recent years,” Zhao Yu, a Sungari 
consultant, told Beijing Youth Dai- 
ly last Saturday. 


Enterprising Villagers 
famishing Great Wall 


By WangXiaoxiao 

Portions of the Badaling and Mu- 
tianyu sections of the Great Wall 
are not looking so great these days, 
while more remote sections of the 
ancient barrier are being harnessed 
and abused by villagers seeking to 
cash in. 

According to a report in the Beijing 
Times on Sunday, residents of Huan- 
ghuacheng county, Huairou District, 
have for years been exploiting an un- 
restored stretch of the Great Wall in 
that area for commercial purposes 
without official permission. 

Along the south side of that 
“wild” stretch of wall is a sign 
that reads, “Private orchard, 2 yuan 
pass-through fee.” The enterpris- 
ing woman, surnamed Wang, who 
owns the orchard and put up the 
sign explained that while the wall 
itself is under national protection, 
the area around it is individually 
leased, meaning her little business 
is on the up-and-up. “There are al- 
ways lots of foreigners out here and 
we can get up to hundreds of yuan 


from the charges in just one week- 
end,” she was quoted as saying in 
the Beijing Times report. 

An iron ladder leans against the 
wall on its opposite side. Visitors can 
climb up to get great views of the 
surrounding mountains, for a fee. Ac- 
cording to one local, Ms. Chen, the 
ladder was built two years ago and 
no one has complained about its ille- 
gal placement since. 

The wall and the area around it 
is full of litter like discarded water 
bottles, snack wrappers and rem- 
nants of exploded firecrackers. 

At the base of the hill on which 
the wall stands there is a sign 
placed by the local government that 
reads, “The Great Wall belongs to 
the nation. Any form of commercial 
activity related to the wall is strict- 
ly forbidden, and any construction 
that effects the scenery around the 
wall is prohibited.” Apparently, it 
will take more than signs to slow 
the exploitation of this and other 
stretches of China’s most famous 
landmark. 



By Sun Ming 

Yang Liwei, China’s celebrated first astronaut, was the star 
at a gathering held in his honor at Hong Kong Stadium on Sat- 
urday. “I’ve been very excited since I came here yesterday. My 
enthusiastic Hong Kong comrades have made my heart beat 
faster than when I was in the spacecraft,” he told the huge 
crowd of nearly 40,000 that turned out for the event. 

The stadium in Causeway Bay was a sea of red flags and 
flowers, and the audience enjoyed such performances as a sing- 
ing duet by Yang, decked out in a dark blue spacesuit, and Hong 
Kong movie superstar Jackie Chan. 


Xinhua Photo 

Space Hero Duets with 
Jackie Chan 


Blaze Consumes 

Building, Kills 20 

By Sun Ming rescue workers and four reporters from lo- 

The bodies of 20 firemen who died cal newspapers were buried in the rubble, 
fighting a fire that led a building in Heng- Another fire fighter, Jiang Chunmao, 

yang city, Hunan Province, to collapse 20, who had been buried in the ruins of 
early Monday morning have been recov- the building for 27 hours, was found on 
ered. The tragic blaze took the lives of Tuesday when rescue workers heard his 
more fire fighters than any such incident muffled calls for help, 
in over 50 years. The cause of the fire is still under inves- 

According to officials responsible for tigation, but according to some of the build- 
the fire fighting team, the blaze broke out ing’s residents, it may have been caused 
in the basement of an eight-story building by some people living in the building, 
in Zhuhui District at 5 am that day, forcing “They make a living selling dried food, 

more than 400 residents to quickly evacu- and dry things like fish, shrimp and ju- 
ate. No one was immediately injured. jubes over fire in the building’s base- 

However, as the fire raged, it brought ment, even though building management 
down parts of the building at around 8 am. told them not to,” the Hunan-based paper 
Firemen Zhang Xiaocheng and Zeng Hui Dangdai Business News quoted a wit- 
were killed immediately, while many other ness as saying on Tuesday. 



Li Ling, a photographer for the Hengyang Evening News, was one of four local reporters injured 
when they were caught under the collapsing building. Photo by Photocome 


Police Reveal Details ol 

By Dong Nan 

This Tuesday, Chaoyang police revealed de- 
tailed information about a kidnapping case 
cracked at a site along the East Fourth Ring 
Road on October 31. 

On October 28, a woman called the Shibalid- 
ian police station to report that her husband, 
surnamed Huang, had been kidnapped and 
was being held for a ransom of 300,000 yuan. 
The Shibalidian and Chaoyang police imme- 
diately organized a task force to address the 
incident. They then told Huang’s wife to pre- 
tend to borrow money from acquaintances to 
cover the demand and tell no one she had con- 
tacted the police. 

The kidnappers called her again the fol- 
lowing two days, demanding she deliver the 
money. They gave her directions to a set meet- 
ing site where the exchange of the money for 
the man was set for October 31. 

At noon on that fateful day, Huang’s wife 
and policeman Zhao Wei, pretending to be her 
brother, arrived as instructed at the Xiaowuji 
bus station in Shibalidian. Ten minutes later, 
a yellow car pulled up to the curb in front of 
them. The hostage was sitting in the backseat 
of the car, surrounded by three kidnappers. 

Huang’s wife gave the criminals the mon- 
ey and they demanded she and her “brother” 
follow their car. After the car had only gone 
10 meters, an undercover police detective 
swerved his car over to stop the kidnappers. 
Another group of police officers led by Cai Yu, 


Dramatic Kidnapping 

deputy head of the Chaoyang detective de- 
partment, approached the vehicle. 

The kidnappers then burst from the car and 
tried to escape. Two were captured immediately, 
while the third tried to ignite five bottles of gaso- 
line that had been tied to Huang. Cai and another 
detective, Sun Haidong, jumped the last kidnap- 
per, while other officers rushed to Huang and put 
out the flame before the gasoline exploded. 

According to the Chaoyang police, the three 
kidnappers, Hao Ziqin, Zhang Zhigang and 
Lian Yonggui, are all natives of Beijing and 
have criminal records. They confessed that 
they planned to burn Huang to death as soon 
as they got money. 

On the evening of November 1, Zhang Shan- 
gli, one of the kidnapper’s accomplices, turned 
himself in to the police. Two other suspects con- 
nected to the case are still at large. 



A dazed Huang, gas bottles still tied to his body, is 
led from the crime scene by police after his daring 
rescue. Photo hy Wang Wei 


Community Comment 

Cold Comfort 

By Les Charlton 

Sniff all you like at the 
failure of scientists the world 
over to produce, after more 
than a century of bloodhound 
tenacity, cocktail vaccines 
against the garden-variety 
cold and influenza. They don’t 
let criticism get up their nos- 
es because few people have 
any idea what they are up 
against. 

For example, it was long 
thought that only single vi- 
ruses give you a cold or flu. 
Over recent years, science 
has discovered that there are 
at least 100, and the number 
is still climbing. Thus imme- 
diate cure-alls are as elusive 
as the proverbial needle in a 
haystack. 

If you get a cold - which 
you almost certainly will now 
that another cruel Beijing 
winter is just around the cor- 
ner - the most you can hope 
for is a TCM (traditional Chi- 
nese medicine) or western- 
style tablet or decongestant 
to relieve the discomfort of 
a runny or blocked nose, 
sneezing, loss of appetite, bad 
headaches and a sore throat. 

Acupuncture and aroma- 
therapy can also be effective 
for some patients. The treat- 
ments may not totally rid 
you of the cold, but you 
will almost certainly feel less 
“clogged up” and listless. 

In England, the main cen- 
ter for flu research was for 
decades the Common Cold 
Research Unit (CCRU) in 
Salisbury, Wiltshire. The 
world’s best-known facility of 
its kind, it was closed a few 
years ago and its staff and 
facilities dispersed to numer- 
ous regional units. 

Over the years, more than 

20.000 people trekked to the 
CCRU and allowed them- 
selves to be infected with 
a virus that gave them a 
streaming cold and all its glo- 
rious side effects. The volun- 
teers, aged between 18 and 
50, stayed at the unit for 
10 days and had their every 
symptom carefully monitored 
in relation to whatever anti- 
dote they were given. Some 
got over their colds quite 
quickly, while others felt 
lousy throughout almost all 
their stay. 

Volunteers ranged from 
students to honeymoon cou- 
ples, plus a woman who de- 
fied all attempts, and selfless 
cooperation on her part, to 
pick up even a sniffle. She 
had a natural immunity that 
could not be breached, though 
it was never discovered why. 

Such people often became 
as intrigued as the virolo- 
gists as to why women catch 
colds more than men, or what 
makes the nose so suitable 
a breeding ground for vi- 
ruses. And why was it that 
only 50 percent of the volun- 
teers who had living viruses 
squirted into their nostrils 
caught colds of widely vary- 
ing intensity and duration? 

The search for clues and 
solutions to such contradic- 
tions continue all over the 
world, but no virologist has 
yet to scream “Eureka!” Who- 
ever ultimately does will al- 
most certainly be in line for a 
Nobel Prize for Medicine. 

Meanwhile, in China as 
elsewhere, people continue to 
spend huge amounts of mon- 
ey on concoctions, inhalents, 
sprays and wonder pills. Old 
folk often resort to home- 
spun treatments handed 
down by their parents - chew- 
ing raw onions, drinking 
heated wines mixed with who 
knows what, and, in Beijing, 
wintry swims in local lakes 
and rivers once such hardy 
folk can break through the 
ice. Some of them swear they 
never suffer from colds or 
flu, though the latter and its 
complications do kill around 

8.000 local citizens each 
year. 

The author is a British jour- 
nalist and freelance writer. 




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Scepticism Greets Rich lists 


By Dong Nan/ Mao Yu 

O n October 16, Rupert 
Hoogewerf, former China 
researcher for Forbes re- 
leased his rival 2003 “rich list” 
of the biggest cheeses in China. 
Two weeks later, Forbes released 
its version, the fifth China rich 
list it has compiled since 1999. 
The list has caused controversy 
in China, with many of its lead- 
ing figures unhappy at having 
their wealth revealed in public. 

But what do Chinese people 
think about these lists? Does 
anyone care about them or is 
it all just media hype? Beijing 
Youth Daily conducted a survey 
in Beijing, Shanghai and 
Guangzhou among 600 people in 
order to find out. 

What do you think of the 
rich lists? 

Only 35.9% said they paid at- 
tention to the rich lists. The rest 
didn’t care. 

It seems that Guangzhou 
people are particularly under- 
whelmed by the list: just 8.4% 
of Guangzhou people expressed 
any interest, far less than in the 
other two cities. 

A possible explanation for this 
nationwide yawn might be that 
only 34.7% believe the lists are 
authoritative. 

More than 70% think the lists 
can provide some reference for 
the condition of the richer class- 
es in China. About one half of 
people believe that such lists can 
encourage entrepeneurial spirit, 
but 22.8% of people think they 
are completely meaningless. 

“I remember when Forbes re- 
leased the China rich list in 1999 
for the first time. At that time, 
I was a college student and read 
it carefully. But I am not as en- 
thusiastic now. I think these lists 
and the rich people in them have 
nothing to do with people’s daily 
lives,” says Li, a 25-year-old gov- 
ernment clerk. 

37.6% of people express that 
even if they were rich enough, 
they would not like to be pub- 
lished on those kinds of lists. 
31.7% of the people say they 
would like their names be pub- 
lished. 

Regarding public exposure, it 
seems Shanghai people are most 
guarded about revealing their 
wealth. 60.8% of Shanghai peo- 
ple said they would not like 
to be on the list, while 51.6% 
of Guangzhou people said they 
would have no problem with be- 
ing named, assuming they had 
enough money of course. 

Su Zhigang, chairman of 




Russell Flannery, Forbes Shanghai bureau chief at the release ceremony for 
the rich list Photo by Photocome 


Are you interested in the rich lists? 

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Changlong Group, who comes in 
at No. 61 on Hoogew erf’s list 
told the media he had asked 
Hoogewerf many times not to 
put him on the rich list. But 
Hoogewerf always responded 
that it was not up to him. 

Su said that he did not want 
such publicity and hoped simply 
to work in peace. 

“Traditionally, Chinese peo- 
ple do not like to display how 
rich they are, but Guangzhou 
people might be more open-mind- 
ed about that,” says Liu Peng, 
a 30-year-old Guangzhou busi- 
nessmen. “Of course, I would like 
to be listed. It is a kind of honor 
and a good chance to improve 
your fame both domestically and 
abroad.” 

What do you know about 
rich people? 

It seems most people don’t 
know too much about the lives of 
the country’s wealthiest citizens. 
68.8% of people had only heard 
of 10 to 20 of the names on the 
two lists; only 1.3% knew more 
than half of the names. 

Ding Lei, CEO ofNetease.com, 
was named the richest man in 
China by both lists. 

“Of course I know Ding Lei 
and Zhang Chaoyang (CEO of 
sohu.com), but I don’t know much 
about any of the others,” says 
Ding Qin, a 20-year-old nurse. 

“I think there are a lot of rich 
people in the IT and real es- 
tate industries,” says Wang Li, 
a 34-year-old clerk, “but their 
fortunes rise and fall pretty 
quickly.” 

In fact, the Forbes rich list 
includes only five people from 
the IT industry but 35 from 
real estate. 

Only 5.6% of people had heard 
of the two females on Hoogewerf ’s 
rich list — Chen Lihua, presi- 
dent of Fu Wah International and 
Zhang Yin, president of America 
Chung Nam. 

Most people surveyed (63.3%) 
believed there were plenty of 
rich people who should be on the 
list but weren’t named. 85.3% of 
Shanghai people share this opin- 
ion, much larger than in the oth- 
er two cities. 

Authoritative? 

“It’s all nonsense,” said Ding 
Lei after finding out he topped 
Hoogew erf’s rich list. Neverthe- 
less, he sent his representative, 
Sun Deli to participate in the 
release ceremony for the Forbes 
rich list, which also had him 
at No. 1. Sun said that Forbes 
greatly encouraged Chinese busi- 


Which industries do you think are likely to 
dominate the list? 



real estate ■ IT 


nessmen to create their own en- 
terprises. 

Beijing Youth Daily’s survey 
found that 37.7% of people think 
lists made by national statistic or- 
ganizations are more reliable. Of 
the two rich lists, 33.3% trusted 
Forbes, while only 3.7% thought 
Hoogewerf is capable of compil- 
ing an accurate list. “Hoogewerf 
is so young, how can he know 
the complicated situation in Chi- 
na?” said a web surfer quoted on 
sina.com. 

However, the two lists are as- 
tonishingly alike. The top four 
people are the same in both lists, 
and only one person is different 
in the lists’ top 10. 

“It doesn’t show the reliabil- 
ity of the lists, just that they 
adopt similar methods,” remarks 


agriculture ■ others 


sina.com. “In fact, due to the lack 
of transparency of the Chinese 
tax and finance systems, it is im- 
possible for them to compile a re- 
liable rich list.” 

“Due to the different account- 
ing and tax systems, I don’t 
believe these foreign statistics 
organizations can grasp the situ- 
ation of Chinese private corpora- 
tions well enough to make such 
lists. I think local statistics orga- 
nizations can do the job better,” 
says Xia Lanlan, a 26-year-old 
accountant. 

“I think the lists are just 
commercial propaganda,” says 
Huang, a 32-year-old clerk. “Nei- 
ther Forbes nor Hoogewerf have 
the ability to make a rich list in 
a country of 1.3 billion. Only the 
government can do that. ” 


Whose version do you trust? 



3 . 70 % 


■ governmental organizations Forbes 

■ domestic media Hoogewerf 






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The court in Xindu District, Chengdu 


Photo by Zeng Pengyu 


O n June 21 this year, Li Siyi, the daughter 
of a heroin-addicted mother, was found 
alone in an apartment in Chengdu having 
starved to death. Her mother, Li Guifang, 39, had 
been caught stealing and police had sent her to 
the Compulsory Drug Quitting Center of Chengdu 
Public Security Bureau for 17 days. However, even 
though Li told the police about her daughter, they 
failed to inform her neighbors or relatives so the 
child was left to starve. 


The death of Li Siyi soon became a topic of 
controversy in China and was hotly debated in 
the nation’s chatroom. Most people were angry 
and disappointed, and many accused the police of 
being abusers of authority who care little for the 
people they are supposed to be protecting. 

On July 1st, Wang Xin, the former deputy 
director of Chengjiao Police Station and Huang 
Xiaobing, Wang’s subordinate, were arrested. 

Beijing Today covered the event on July 9. 


Police on Trial 


“I got down on my knees and pleaded with Wang 
to allow me to return home to release my daughter 
to my relatives before being taken to the detention 
center. But he didn’t pay any attention to me at all. 
A policeman pushed me into the car and told me 
they would send me to a compulsory drug quitting 
center,” Li’s testimony reads. 


By Sun Ming 

A court hearing in Chengdu, capital of 
Sichuan Province, attracted nationwide atten- 
tion last Thursday. The defendants were two 
policemen, charged with negligence in the case 
of the death of a three-year-old girl. 

Police forgot the Child 

In the afternoon of June 4 this year, Li Gui- 
fang left her daughter at home and went to 
the nearby Jintang County to steal in order to 
get money to buy drugs. After being captured 
by Huang Xiaobing, Li Guifang confessed her 
crime. 

After a routine examination, Li was found 
to be a drug taker and she was immediately 
sent to the Compulsory Drug Quitting Center 
of Chengdu Public Security Bureau. 

“I didn’t know that Li Guifang had a three- 
year-old daughter at home alone until she told 
me on our way to the drug quitting center at 
about 10 pm that day,” said the first defendant 
Wang Xin in the court. “If I had known earlier, 
I would have taken action.” 

However, Wang’s testimony contradicted 
that of both Li and Huang Xiaobing. Huang 
said in court that he’d told Wang about Li’s 
daughter in the afternoon that day. 

According to Wang’s testimony, on the way 
to the compulsory drug quitting center, he 
asked a colleague, Lu Xiaohui, to call Li’s elder 
sister Li Defang and tell her to get the little 
girl. Lu called but didn’t get through so Wang 
asked him to call Tuanjiecun Police Station, 
which is in charge of the area where Li Gui- 
fang lived. 

“We asked them to inform Li’s sister at once 
and they promised they would. Li appreciated 
our efforts very much and then calmed down,” 
said Wang in the court. 

However, it was not until the evening of 
June 21, when Li Guifang’s neighbor smelled 
a terrible odor and called police, that the inci- 
dent was brought to light. When police officers 
broke through the door and entered the house, 
they found the dead child in the bedroom. 

Li’s testimony 

Li Guifang didn’t attend the hearing so 
her testimony was read out by the public 
prosecutor. 

According to Li’s testimony, she told Wang 
about her child before they left Chengjiao Po- 
lice Station for the drug quitting center. 

“I got down on my knees and pleaded with 
Wang to allow me to return home to release 
my daughter to my relatives before being tak- 
en to the detention center. But he didn’t pay 
any attention to me at all. A policeman pushed 
me into the car and told me they would send 
me to a compulsory drug quitting center,” Li’s 
testimony reads.When the police car passed 
through Qingbaijiang District where Li Gui- 


fang lived, she began to cry and shouted at 
them to let her see her daughter. She says it 
was then that Wang decided to call Lu Xiaohui 
and get him to call Li’s elder sister. 

After he failed to get through to Li’s sister, 
Lu called Tuanjiecun Police station. Accord- 
ing to the public prosecutor, Mu Yu, a student 
policeman having his internship at the sta- 
tion, called Li Defang several times but no 
one answered the phone. Mu did not report 
this to the police station management staff or 
keep any phone call record. The matter was 
forgotten. 

Mu Yu, the student policeman, was later ex- 
pelled from his study program after the trag- 
edy came to light. 

Different attitudes in court 

“It was my duty to take Li Guifang to the 
compulsory drug quitting center, not to take 
care of her family,” said Wang in court. “I had 
already called Tuanjiecun Police Station and 
asked them to inform her relatives. That’s all 
that I can do. You know, I also care about the 
little girl. She was innocent,” said Wang. 

Wang didn’t think it was necessary for him 
to call the Tuanjiecun Police Station the sec- 
ond day to confirm whether they had contact- 
ed Li’s relatives. 

In court, the public prosecutor suggested 
that it wasn’t an excessive demand for Li to 
ask to go home to make sure her daughter 
was okay before being taken to the drug cen- 
ter. Wang disagreed. “As far as I know, drug 
takers should be taken to the quitting center 
as soon as possible.” Wang denied that Li had 
begged him to let her go home and release 
her daughter. 

During the hearing on Thursday last week, 
Wang interrupted the public prosecutor over 
ten times. But Huang Xiaobing, the second de- 
fendant in the case, said no more than 10 sen- 
tences during the hearing. He hung his head 
and frequently wept. 

Huang admitted it was his fault that he 
didn’t deliver a notice about Li’s incarceration 
to her relatives. Otherwise Li Siyi would have 


been found in time. 

According to the Procedures for Compul- 
sory Drug Addiction Rehabilitation issued by 
the State Council on 1995, drug takers must 
be rehabilitated by attending quitting centers. 
The law also stipulates that the addict’s fam- 
ily, employer and local police station must be 
notified within three days of their being sent 
to such a center. However, these regulations 
were ignored by the policemen involved in this 
case. 

When asked about the indictment read out 
by the public prosecutor, Huang responded, “I 
was a common policeman who just fulfilled the 
order of my leader.” 

“Unlike Wang, Huang didn’t apply for re- 
lease pending trial,” Niu Jianguo, Huang’s 
lawyer told Beijing Youth Daily after the hear- 
ing. “He’s said he wants to stay in detention to 
atone for his crime.” 

Surprising suggestion 

To the surprise of the court, Wang’s lawyer 
Yang Dahua raised the possibility that the 
little girl was already dead when her mother 
left to go and steal. “When Li Siyi was found, 
she had been dead over 10 days, which means 
there is a possibility that she died before 
June 4.”. 

However, even Huang’s lawyer Niu Jian- 
guo thought this was unlikely. “If Li killed her 
own daughter, why would she have cried and 
shouted to go and release her?” 

When the public prosecutor mentioned Li’s 
distressed pleas to go and get her daughter, 
Wang’s lawyer said he didn’t believe a word 
of Li’s testimony. “Li has a long history of 
taking drugs and she doesn’t even know who 
her daughter’s father is. It’s normal for these 
kinds of people to lie.” 

After the hearing, the public prosecutor told 
Xinmin Weekly , a local magazine in Shanghai, 
that the lawsuit against Wang and Huang was 
just the first step. Other policemen from Tu- 
anjiecun Police Station and Chengjiao Police 
Station including Lu Xiaohui and Mu Yu are 
still being investigated. 


Kidnap Gang 
Uncovered 

By Chen Si 

M ore than 10 female job seekers in Shenzhen have dis- 
appeared in recent months. It is feared they have 
fallen prey to a gang of kidnappers. 

From October 21 to 24, ten parents called Guangzhou- 
based Yangcheng Evening News to report their daughters 
had disappeared. All the girls had gone to seek jobs 
through an employment agency called Senxinyuan in 
Shenzhen. The authorities have suggested gangs pretend- 
ing to provide jobs and then kidnapping and selling wom- 
en may be the culprits. 

The women were all young and attractive, aged be- 
tween 18 and 24, and come from Sichuan, Hubei, Jiangxi, 
Guangdong and Guizhou provinces. They all disappeared 
at between 11 and 12 am, after which their cell phones 
were switched off. 

Shenzhen and Hong Kong police are now investigating 
the case. A suspect has already been arrested. According 
to a report in Guangzhou newspaper Xinkuaihao on Octo- 
ber 23, the suspect, named Ma Yong, has confessed to kid- 
napping ten women since May 26. However, he is only in 
charge of a small district, and it is believed his supervisor 
is in charge of a larger network kidnapping women and 
bringing them to Hong Kong to be sold into prostitution. 
Beautiful girls disappear 

A Mr. Chen told Yangcheng Evening News on October 
22 that he received a phone call from his daughter Xiao- 
fang, 17, one month after she left home on July 22. The 
phone call was from Taiwan, and the daughter asked the 
father not to try and find the people who had taken her 
there. “You can’t touch them,” she said. 

One day after Mr. Chen’s report, six other parents 
called Yangcheng Evening News saying their daughters 
had disappeared. 

Yaoyao (pseudonym), 20, had worked in Shenzhen for 
three years. She went to Senxinyuan on September 8 to look 
for a job. “She sent a message by mobile phone to her boy- 
friend at 11 o’clock that day, saying she would go back home 
for lunch, but she never came back. Every time we called her, 
her phone was switched off,” said Yaoyao’s mother. Yaoyao was 
tall and beautiful. Miss Nie also disappeared after going to 
Senxinyuan agency on September 16. When her parents re- 
ported her disappearance they heard about other girls who 
had disappeared in similar circumstances. 

There have also been several similar cases earlier this 
year. A man, surnamed Jin, reported that his girlfriend 
Zhang Qiuyan, 22, had gone to see some employment 
agencies in Buji, a district in Shenzhen, to look for a job 
in March. She went to see a company called “Taifeng Elec- 
tron Factory”, situated near Senxinyuan, which had put 
up a notice offering employment. Zhang went to apply and 
never returned. 

Zhang Junming’s daughter Zhang Ting disappeared on 
May 26. “I brought my daughter to Senxinyuan at 9 am 
that day. She told me she would go to work in a factory not 
far from Buji and I told her not to switch off her cell phone 
and to contact me if she needed to.” Forty minutes later, 
Zhang was still concerned about his daughter and called 
her. However, her cell phone was switched off. He hurried 
back to Senxinyuan, but people refused to help, saying it 
was “too difficult to look up so many factories”. Yang Guan- 
ghui lost track of his sister Yang Wenhong in the same 
way. In despair, he offered a reward of 10,000 yuan to any- 
one who could help find his sister. 

1000 yuan per girl 

Huang Tianyu, vice chief of Buji Public Security Bu- 
reau in Shenzhen, disclosed on October 25 that they had 
the suspect Ma Yong in detention and were questioning 
him. Police caught Ma after being tipped off by Senx- 
inyuan Employment Agency. Ma told the police he was 
a member of an organization that kidnapped women. He 
also confessed that he operated by looking for women who 
came to Senxinyuan seeking work. Since May 26, he had 
kidnapped 10 women. However, he said he did not know 
other accomplices in the organization, as it was divided 
into many teams. He only knew his superior was a man 
from Hong Kong. Ma said he was supposed to get 1000 
yuan for kidnapping a woman. So far, however, he had only 
received 3,000 yuan. 

Senxinyuan agency: we are also the victims 

A supervisor from Senxinyuan said the employment 
agency attaches a great deal of importance to proper pro- 
cedure in dealing with employment-providing enterprises, 
such as checking their business licenses. 

Mr. Guo from Senxinyuan said the agency was re- 
nowned in Longgang District, Shenzhen. This meant there 
were always people nearby also claiming to offer jobs. The 
agency tried to clear them away, but failed. 

Rao Songhua, general manager of Senxinyuan, first 
heard of a woman’s disappearance on May 26 when he 
received a call from Zhang Mingjun. After similar cases 
occurred on September 8 and 16, the agency decided to 
conduct further investigations into the employment-pro- 
viding enterprises they were dealing with. On October 20, 
guards from Senxinyuan told the police about Ma Yong. 
They said he had been claiming to offer employment and 
that they found on him the resume of Zhang Ting, Zhang 
Mingjun’s daughter. 

Process of the case 

Last month, Mr. Zhang from Shantou, a city in Guang- 
dong Province, told Yangcheng Evening News about his 
colleague’s husband who worked for a local hospital. A girl 
of about 15 years old passed him a small piece of paper 
with her home phone and address written on it while her 
supervisor wasn’t watching. She said she had been kid- 
napped and brought to Shantou with two other girls and 
they had been sold into prostitution. The husband called 
the girl’s family at once, and her father came there the 
next day. The case is still under investigation. 

Hong Kong police lend a hand 

Hong Kong police have received letters from parents of 
the kidnapped girls appealing for help. A policeman sur- 
named Chen said the girls have two ways of getting to 
Hong Kong; the first way is to use forged certificates and 
the other is to be smuggled in. So the police will look up 
the disembarkation record of mainland people and hand 
out the girls’ photos to all police branches in Hong Kong. 
In the meantime, they will also check case archives and 
check against girls with criminal records in Hong Kong. 







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Race Against Time 

By Zuo Dawen/ Jiang Hao 

Greek people aren’t about to 
give up their habit of taking 
an afternoon nap, not even if 
the world is watching while they 
struggle to keep the construc- 
tion program for the much hyped 
Athens games on schedule. Re- 
porters from all over the world 
continually visit the stadiums to 
check up and report on the prog- 
ress but in the late afternoons in 
Athens, the shops and companies 
are mainly closed. Most people 
sleep through the afternoon till 
dusk. The fact there’s less than a 
year to go before the opening of 
the 2004 Olympic Games doesn’t 
change anything. 

But if the Greeks are carry- 
ing on as normal, the Interna- 
tional Olympic Committee (IOC) 
has been getting anxious. The 
committee has expressed its con- 
cerns and even criticism over the 
construction speed of the projects 
several times. Admittedly, two 
years before the Olympic Games 
were due to start, many stadiums 
still existed only on the drawing 
board. Denis Oswald, president 
of the IOC Coordination Com- 
mission has warned that delays 
in venue construction will leave 
ATHOC without enough time to 
find alternative solutions in time 
and obviously this could affect 
the successful progress of the 
Olympics. Athenians have be- 
come used to such criticism, but 
they seem to have a great ability 
to put up with it. 

Meanwhile reporters from 
many countries are still visiting 
the construction sites of the stadi- 
ums. On September 24, 2003 our 
staff reporters arranged for such 
a visit. We thought it would be an 
exclusive interview, but it turned 
out to be a mass press scramble. 
At 8 am, we were taken to the lob- 
by of ATHOC’s office building in 
a seven-seat Citroen. After over 
two hours of waiting, we got onto 
a bigger bus together with report- 
ers from Germany, the US, Ro- 
mania and other countries. The 
bus was nearly full. A spokesman 
from the Information Department 
of ATHOC who accompanied us 
politely explained, “We have for- 
eign reporters visiting our con- 
struction sites every day. We have 
to ‘escort’ them together and the 
visit each time is to different plac- 
es.” That day we visited two sea- 
side stadiums. One was the Beach 
Volleyball Court and the other 
was the Navigation Center. We 
were suitably impressed. 

The beautiful Aegean gives 
Athens natural advantages. The 
white stand of the volleyball 
court opens itself to the blue sea 
in the form of a fan. In between 
is the yellow sand and the court. 
The colors of white, yellow and 
blue give a strong visual impact. 
The volleyball court, which can 
hold 10,000 people, is the largest 
one in Europe. It’s 90% complet- 
ed and a test match has already 
been held here successfully. Mr. 
Pantelis Athanasopoulos, Gener- 
al Secretary of Public Works for 
the Olympics 2004, feels very 
proud. “There is nothing more ex- 
citing than completing the proj- 
ect on time. The workers here 
can be proud when they pass by 
the court in the future.” 

Now the workers are looking 
to the remaining 10% of the proj- 
ect. The material used for paving 
is luxurious — all marble. 

Like many of his countrymen, 
Pantelis Athanasopoulos is most 
loquacious. He told us he want- 
ed to speed up the project, but 
something always got in the way. 
“At the initial stage of the proj- 
ect, we were continually digging 
up pottery, tombstones and other 
unearthed relics. We had to stop 
until the department concerned 
came to deal with them.” 

In other countries, digging up 
ancient relics might not be such 
a frequent aggravation for con- 
struction workers, but in Greece, 
precious relics emerge from the 
ground after just a few shovel 
loads. During the construction of 
a subway station near the Acrop- 
olis, foundations of the ancient 
city walls, drainage pipes and 
other valuable relics were discov- 
ered, causing chaos for the proj- 
ect which had to be halted until 
the Ministry of Culture decided 
what to do. A new museum was 
eventually set up on the spot. 
Olympic construction has been 
bedeviled by such discoveries. 


four other cities in Greece, but 
the final is to be held in Karais- 
kaki Stadium in Athens. 

During the construction of ven- 
ues, Greece has made full use of 
existing facilities. Half of the 30 
stadiums have been built through 
transformation and expansion of 
the original stadiums. 

Athens 2004 Organizing Com- 
mittee (ATHOC) showed us a de- 
tailed timetable of projects. All 
the 32 stadiums are on schedule. 
The International Broadcasting 
Center, one of the flagship con- 
struction projects of the 2004 
games, was completed on May 
5 this year. The Drug Testing 
Center has also been finished. 
The transformation of Karaiska- 
ki Stadium started in April 2003 
and will be finished by June next 
year. The ceiling of the Main Sta- 
dium is under construction and 
will also be completed by June. 
Seven media villages are being 
constructed, so that the report- 
ers can be near the stadiums for 
the events they’re covering. So 
far, 80% of the projects for the 
Olympic villages have been com- 
pleted. All the foundation proj- 
ects and the cement and brick 
projects for the accommodation 
areas have been finished. The 
whole project will be completed 
and handed over to ATHOC in 
February 2004. 

Transformation Also 
Seeks Perfection 

By Geng Zhensong/ Jiang Hao 

We’re looking at an enormous 
curved white column from above 
the TV and Broadcasting Relay 
Center for the Athens Olympics. 
Under the column, building ma- 
chinery hums around the sta- 
dium which will be the central 
venue for the 2004 Athens Olym- 
pic Games. This is where the 
Olympic flame will burn. 

For the 2004 Olympics, 
Greece is not building a brand- 
new main stadium, unlike most 
other host countries. ATHOC 
decided on a transformation of 
the existing stadium. 

The project manager of Ak- 
tor Company, which is the con- 
tractor for the transformation 
project told us the stadium was 
built in 1981 for the purpose of 
holding the European Track and 
Field Tournament in Greece. It 
can hold 75,000 people. When it 
was first constructed the build- 
ers took into consideration its 
long-term use and the possibil- 
ity of holding other large-scale 
sport events in it. So the interi- 
or facilities are in surprisingly 
good condition. 

During this transformation, 
two wing-shaped white sections 
of a ceiling will be added above 
the original stadium. The curved 
white column mentioned at the 
beginning of this report is the 
framework of the two wings. At 
present the installation of the 
framework has started and the 
interior renovation of the sta- 
dium is also continuing. Ac- 
cording to the contract between 
the constructors and ATHOC, 
the whole project will be com- 
pleted by next June, two months 
before the opening of the Olym- 
pic Games. 

Isn’t that cutting it a bit fine? 
The constructors are confident. 
Also, they say the reason the 
project is to be completed so late 
is that it started late. This is be- 
cause they have had to be cau- 
tious about the transformation 
plan. All the designs for sta- 
diums, whether newly-built or 
through transformation, need to 
be approved unanimously by 
ATHOC, relevant government 
departments and other agencies 
related to the Olympic Games. 
Only then can construction be- 
gin. So the design for each proj- 
ect is carefully selected. In the 
end, he told us next June is the 
deadline of the project. In any 
case, we are assured it is likely 
that the project will be finished 
ahead of time. 

Aktor Company is also re- 
sponsible for the transformation 
of the nearby bicycle track. The 
main task is restoring its ceiling. 
The difference is that the ceiling 
this time is an integrated frame- 
work, not a two-wing structure. 
So far, half of the welding work 
for the ceiling has been complet- 
ed. After it’s finished, a giant 
framework weighing 6,000 tons 
will be moved 100 meters up onto 
the top of it. 


At present, several tough prob- 
lems are hindering vital con- 
struction projects. Apparently the 
site earmarked for a new parking 
lot in one of the seaside Olympic 
zones used to be a famous horse 
racing track. When news first 
spread that the ground was to 
make way for a parking lot, a 
number of people voiced their 
strong opposition. But with the 
construction deadline nearing, 
the interests of the games won 
over so construction of the park- 
ing lot went ahead. 

Fifteen new stadiums will 
be built for the 2004 Olympics. 
Each host city of the Olympics is 
faced with the same problem of 
utilizing the stadiums after the 
Games. The Athenians have be- 
come very sophisticated in solv- 
ing this problem. The stadiums 
for popular sports, such as bas- 
ketball and weight lifting will 
be kept. Some stadiums for 
less popular events such as 
baseball will be demolished or 
transformed for other uses. For 
example, the lower part of the 
stand in the beach volleyball 
court will be pulled down so 
that an outdoor music hall fac- 
ing the sea can be built. 

Tradition, custom and other 
factors have brought about tem- 
porary difficulties in venue con- 
struction, but the Athenians are 
handling these problems in their 
own way and at their own pace. 
As one local architect says, “Why 
do we need to complete the proj- 
ects ahead of time? If we do so, 
it means maintaining these sta- 
diums ahead of time. Of course 
we shall not delay the opening 
of the Olympic Games.” Just as 
Mr. Constantinos Cartalis, Sec- 
retary General of the Ministry 
of Culture, put it, “Most of the 
media reports focus on the slow 
pace of our projects. However, 
from the end of this year to next 
February, over ten stadiums will 
be completed one after another. 
We are confident in the progress 
of the projects.” 

Ten Olympic Zones in 
Athens 

By Ma Ning/ Jiang Hao 

The Olympic venues are lo- 
cated in 10 zones in and around 
Athens. They are connected by 
the railway, highway, subway and 
tramcar network. Located to the 
northeast of the city center is the 
Main Stadium, adjacent to the 
Information Center and Broad- 
casting Center, which makes it 
convenient for reporters to cover 
the games. Three of the ten fa- 
cility zones are being built along 
the sea. The preliminary soccer 
matches will be farmed out to 


Ano Liossiia Olympic Centre 


The Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre and 
new Athens Race Track 


The Olympic Village 


Main Press Centre 


The Parthenon 


Beach Volleyball Court 


Handball and Taekwondo Stadium 


International Broadcasting Center 










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Up close and personal. 


By Shan Jinliang 

Q uan Li always liked cats. 
But after years spent 
studying and teaching 
abroad and working in 
the fashion business, it was only 
on holiday in Africa that she 
discovered a special affinity with 
the magnificent big cats of the 
wild. Soon she decided to throw in 
her career and devote her life to 
what is now her cause: saving the 
South China Tiger or China Tiger 
from extinction. There are only 30 
of these magnificent animals left 
alive, so efforts to save them are 
more urgent than ever. 



Cheese! 


Lonely childhood 

Despite her fashionable 
appearance and obvious 
confidence, Quan Li says she 
was a shy girl during her 
childhood, partly because she 
didn’t get on too well with her 
parents. She made few friends 
at school, so she formed the 
habit of adopting stray cats. 

This infuriated her parents, and 
made the little girl yearn for 
independence. 

Her brother Quan Qi was her 
only ally in looking after her 
cats, but each time her parents 
discovered her new pet they 
would drive it out of the home. 



The fashion queen 


The thin and often silent girl 
finally got to keep her first cat 
when she became a student. 

She got high scores at school 
so Quan was able to study at 
Beijing University. There was 
no major in wildlife protection 
at that time, so she opted for 
English, with sociology as her 
second subject. 

She stood out at university 
with her long hair and unusual 
sense of fashion. She caught the 
eye of Guy Leanarts, a Belgian 
boy studying at the university 



‘The China Tiger campaign 
will have a long-term 
impact on China, and 
it will change Chinese 
people’s minds about 
environmental and 
wildlife protection.’ 

- Quan Li on the foundation website 


who later brought her back to 
Belgium and married her in 1984. 
From Belgium to America 

Quan’s departure for 
Belgium was delayed by a small 
bureaucratic hitch. She refused 
to abandon her cat, Wawa. The 
Belgian authorities demanded 
that she conduct quarantine 
checks in China and it was 
a month before the paperwork 
was complete and the couple 
were able to leave. However, 
her marriage soon ended in 
divorce as Quan refused to 
be dependent on her husband’s 
wealthy family. Instead, Quan 
made a living by teaching 
Chinese and then working for 
Jensen Pharmaceutical. But it 
was still difficult for her to 
get ahead, as her Beijing 
University diploma didn’t get 
that much local recognition. 

So Quan decided to study for 
an MBA at the University of 
Pennsylvania in the US. She 
borrowed money from some 
friends and worked for Coca- 
Cola to pay her way. During 
her two years study, she met an 
American student called Stuart 
Bray, who later became an 
investment banker and is now 
Quan Li’s husband. 

After graduating, Quan set 
out on a seven-year fashion 
career, working for Fila, 
Benetton and Gucci in Italy. “I 
loved clothes design when I was 
young,” says Quan. “But I had 
no talent for it, so I entered on 
the commercial side. Eventually 
though, I found fashion was not 
about beauty, just business.” She 
was also tired of the constant 
traveling and only getting to 
see Stuart, who was living in 
London, on weekends. So Quan 
quit in 1997 and moved to 
London. Now the couple were 
able to take more holidays 
together and soon they decided 
on a trip to Africa. 

Eye of the lion 

During her first trip to 
Zambia’s Luwanga National 
Park in 1997, Quan, Stuart 
and the tour guide accidentally 
stumbled upon a pride of lions 
and their cubs. Quan paid no 
attention to the danger and kept 
filming the lions until the tour 
guide warned her to back off. 
They eventually backed out and 
got away to safety. Quan felt the 
lions had been communicating 
with them by giving them a 
chance to leave their territory. 
She also fancied she saw a 
certain fragility in their eyes. 
From then on, she began to 
think of life in a different way 
and of her own place in nature. 

Through her travels, Quan 
Li discovered that Africa was 
doing something very useful 
in conservation. The wildlife 
were making money for the 
local residents through tourists 
and in that way they were 
protecting their own habitat 
in the national reserves. It’s 
a model of sustainable wildlife 
conservation that Quan decided 
to try and import to China. 
Quan, now 41, was born in 
the year of the tiger and this 
seemed a further incentive. 

In a trip to Thailand shortly 
afterwards, Quan had an even 
closer brush with a big cat. 
Accompanied by a few monks, 
Quan went to see eight Indian 
Tigers who had been saved from 
poachers. Quan got a little too 
close and suddenly felt two tiger 
paws against her shoulders, and 
a mouth breathing on her neck. 
Then she felt the tiger pulling 
on her bag. Quan decided to pat 
the tiger on the head. It seemed 
to become playful and grabbed 
her bare leg with its mouth. 
Though nervous, Quan knew it 
was a friendly action. But if she 
tried to pull her leg away, she 


knew she might get bitten. So 
she patted the tiger on the head 
again and scratched behind its 
ears, just as she would with a 
house cat. This made the tiger 
even happier and it loosened its 
mouth from her leg and rubbed 
its head on her leg. 

Quan Li was deeply touched 
by this encounter. She was 
struck by the contrasts: fierce 
and tender, strong and 
beautiful, sweet and aggressive, 
all at the same time. 

Determined 

When she returned to Beijing, 
Quan told her brother about her 
idea to help China’s tigers and 
he was very enthusiastic. In 1999, 
the two went to talk to the State 
Forestry Administration of China. 

Quan learned that the 


At a wildlife park in South Africa 


administration had been trying 
to protect the South China Tiger 
since 1990 by setting up a 
number of reserves. And since 
1997, they have been trying to 
establish a breeding center in 
Meihuashan in Fujian Province. 
Quan offered to help promote 
the Meihuashan plan overseas. 

Her efforts to seek help from 
western wildlife conservation 
organizations weren’t too 
successful. “The organizations 
would not even touch my 
project,” Quan says. 

But Quan didn’t give up. In 
October 2000, she established 
the charitable foundation “Save 
China’s Tigers” 

(www.savechinastigers.org), the 
first charity organization aimed 
specially at the preservation of 


Photos provided by Quan Qi 


China’s tigers. The foundation’s 
mission is to protect the tigers 
by restoring the ecosystem of 
their habitat. The State Forestry 
Administration of China showed 
support by drafting the South 
China Tiger Salvation Action 
Plan. 

Winning over the husband 

Meanwhile, Stuart, who had 
always been an 
environmentalist, was having 
some doubts about the change 
that had come over Quan. She 
was focused on her task and was 
willing to spend a lot of money 
to fund the foundation 

“In early 2001 1 invited a 
foreign experts’ team to China 
as a cooperative project with the 
forestry administration,” says 
Quan, “and I gained the support 
of many noted conservationists 
such as Dr. Gary Koehler and 
Howard Buffet, son of the 
billionaire Warren Buffet. 

Stuart started to see that my 
project could actually make 
a difference. He decided to 
support me wholeheartedly 
without asking him to do so.” 

Touched by Quan’s passion, 
Stuart proposed to her without 
informing his parents who had 
objected to the idea of their son 
marrying a Chinese girl. They 
got married on August 1, 2003. 
He has been a generous donor 
to the foundation, paying US$4 
million towards a 300-plus- 
square-kilometer project in 


South Africa to help breed 
China Tigers. Many 
conservationists offered to help, 
even for free. On September 2, 
two tiger cubs, were selected 
from Shanghai Zoo and flown to 
the South African reserve. 
Looking to the future 

“The China Tiger campaign 
will have a long-term impact on 
China,” says Quan Li on the 
foundation website, “and it will 
change Chinese people’s minds 
about environmental and wild- 
life protection.” 

Quan is still seeing less of 
Stuart than she’d like, about 
three to six days per month 
in fact. But she’s confident in 
her second marriage, knowing 
her husband loves her from the 
heart. In her spare time, she 
still finds time for beautiful 
clothes, but has no time for 
her own designs. There are also 
other trips she’s eager to fit into 
her schedule. “I am trying to 
find time to visit some of the 
ancient cultural sites in Iraq 
and Afghanistan.” 

According to Quan’s 
program, the two tigers in 
South Africa and their 
offspring will be introduced 
back into China’s wildlife pilot 
reserve in 2008, the year when 
Beijing hosts the Olympics. 
Quan flew to Chongqing last 
Saturday to check up on 
progress for the planned 
reserve for the tigers. 










NOVEMBER 7, 2003 


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LEGACY 


3E1IING TODAY 


Beijing Bones 

Ancient grave site sheds light on life of primitive hui 



By Zhang Huan 

T he recent discovery of a 10,000-year-old 
skeleton in Beijing’s Mentougou District 
has sent ripples of excitement through 
archeological circles. Experts say the find will 
provide valuable evidence about how upper 
cave man, primitive humans who appeared 
more than 30,000 years ago, moved from their 
mountain cave dwellings to the plains. 

The wholly intact skeleton was unearthed at 
the Donghulin Relics site, about 80 kilometers 
west of downtown 
Beijing. It was 
buried in a grave, 
along with stone, 
pottery, bone and 
shell artifacts. 

Significant 
discovery 
The skeleton 
was unearthed 
during a joint 
excavation at the 
Donghulin Relics 
site by the School 
of Archaeology and 
Museology of 
Beijing University 
and Beijing 
Institute of 
Cultural Relics. 

When it was 
found, the left eye 
socket showed 
some slight 
damage. A short 
piece of light 
green jade lay 
between the nose 
and upper lip, 
measuring eight 
centimeters in 
length and 1.5 
centimeters in 
diameter. Some of 
the experts who 
participated in the 
excavation believe 
the skeleton, 

which measures 1.6 meters, is probably that of 
a female in her thirties, from the appearance 
and size of the pelvis, however further study of 
the skull, teeth and pelvis is needed to confirm 
the age. 

Next to the skeleton were placed a stone stick 
and a stone plate. These were tools used by 
primitive human beings to remove the husks 
from grain. Nearby were scattered several stone 
fire enclosures, each less than one meter in 
diameter, containing traces of ashes. 

Few new stone age relics have been 
discovered in northern China, according to 
archeologists, and the Donghulin Relics site 
is the only one place where graves and fire 
enclosures have been discovered together with 
pottery, stone, bone and clam artifacts. 

Moving to Beijing University 

On October 30, the newly unearthed skeleton, 
along with the other artifacts, were transported 
to Beijing University, where further study will 
be carried out. 

Moving the delicate cargo was a complex 



A wooden crate containing the earth-encased skeleton is transfered to 
Beijing University. Photo by Huang Liang 


ropes and iron 
chains to complete 
the task. The 
skeleton that had 
laid buried for 
around 10,000 
years finally 
arrived at Beijing 
University on the 
evening of 
October 30. 
Donghulin 
Relics 

The Donghulin 
relics site is 
located half a 
kilometer west of 
Donghulin village 
in Zhaitang, 
Mentougou 
District. It is 
known locally as 
the “Grave Slope,” 
because human 
bones are so often 
found there. 

In 1966, 
Professor Hao 
Shougang, then a 
student in the 
geological 
department of 
Beijing University 
found three 
incomplete 
skeletons there 
while leading 

some younger students to reclaim the land. 
Besides the three skeletons, necklaces made of 
spiral shells, bone bracelets and stone artifacts 
were also discovered. 

Hao knew from his study of soil layers that 
they must be ancient skeletons. He covered them 
with corn sheaths and waited for a team of 
archaeologists to arrive. 

Research conducted at the Institute of 
Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology 
determined that the skeletons were from the 
early period of the new stone age, about 9,000 
to 10,000 years ago. Two were male adults 
and the other was a teenage girl wearing 
bone bracelets. The fossilized skeletons were 
subsequently dubbed Donghulin Man. 

In 1995, villagers digging the ground found 
another skeleton. But to his dismay, Professor 
Hao found the precious skull had been smashed 
in to small pieces when he arrived at the site. 
The professor says more excavation work needs 
to be done at the site and that more ancient 
remains are likely to be discovered. 


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Experts believe the skeleton, which measures 1.6 meters, is probably that of a female in her thirties. Photo hy Cao Boyuan 


Digital Forfiidden City 

By Zhao Pu 

A special research center has been established 
by the Palace Museum and a Japanese company to 
develop ways to better showcase China’s centuries- 
old architectural and cultural relics. 

The Cultural Assets Digitalization Research 
Center of the Forbidden City was officially opened 
on October 26. During the opening ceremony, a three- 
dimensional image was displayed of the section of 
the Forbidden City between Tian’anmen and the 
Hall of Supreme Harmony. 



The research center will create three-dimensional 
images of all the museum’s buildings and previously 
undisplayed parts of its extensive and priceless 
collection of artworks and cultural relics. These 
images will be displayed in a virtual reality theater 
that is planned for the museum. 

The project, involving an investment of 500 
million Japanese yen (37 million yuan) from 
Japanese investor Toppan Printing, is said to be the 
first such joint venture for the Forbidden City. 

The application of digitalization technology in the 
theater will make it possible for visitors to see more 
relics in even greater detail than is possible with the 
naked eye. High-tech processes will also be employed 
in the management and protection of the ancient 
architecture and relics, said director of the Palace 
Museum, Zheng Xinmiao, at the opening. 

The Forbidden City, or Palace Museum, is world- 
renowned for its collection of nearly one million 
pieces of rare and ancient cultural relics. 

The number of cultural relics on display at 
present represents only one percent of the total 
collection, and only one third of the ancient buildings 
within the museum are open to the public. 


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living Space Rethought by 
UK Designers in Homethne 


The interactive Virtual 
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Detail of the Blossom 
Chandelier by Tord 
Boontje for Swarovski in 
the room Boudoir 



Cleopatra sofa by Geoffrey 
Har court for Artifort and 
Tom Dixon’s Povista 
plastic Fresh Fat Bowl in 
Drawing Room 


By Yu Shanshan 

T he timing of Hometime , an ex- 
hibition of British interior de- 
sign concepts, is impeccable. 
With residential housing construc- 
tion booming in China, many ho- 
meowners and people considering 
buying houses are taking serious in- 
terest in interior decoration. 

<c We encouraged our designers to 
bring as many fun ideas as they could, 
even if the results didn’t look too prac- 
tical,” said Michael O’Sullivan, Cul- 
tural Counselor and Director of the 
British Council, the organizer of the 
exhibition. 

The entertaining show at the China 
Millennium Monument Art Museum is 
divided into eight theme rooms. Each 
room contains the works of one of eight 
British designers or design firms tar- 
geted at the needs of different people, 
including celebrities real and fictional. 
All the designs embody three key con- 
cepts that have become popular words 
in China’s real estate market. 

Privacy 

“Impractical” is the understated de- 
scription O’Sullivan used in referring 
to Celebrity Retreat , a pink bathroom 
designed specifically for celebrity cou- 
ple Victoria and David Beckham. Fash- 
ion Architecture Taste (FAT) filled the 
room with two bathtubs, two sinks and 
two toilets that have been fused togeth- 
er into a heart shape. 

A more alluring feeling of privacy 
pervades Boudoir by Dutch designers 
Tord Boontje and lies Crawford. The 
room contains a Swarovski Blossom 


Chandelier and transparent glass and 
minimalist metal furniture, giving it a 
modern, classy feel. 

Function 

Some designers gave clear thought 
to the requirements of people with spe- 
cial needs. Ben Kelly Design created 
Den as a fun and functional place for 
the blind. Zhang Ping, a student from 
the Shanghai School for the Blind, 
helped the designers come up with 
a flexible furniture unit for sleeping, 
working and relaxing. Contrasting tex- 
tures and raised symbols were put on 
the unit to help Zhang get his bearings 
and locate his things. 

The main idea of the designs in 
Front Room by the Areola Collec- 
tive, is accommodating the needs of 
the elderly. Before starting actual 
planning and crafting, the designers 
interviewed many people over the 
age of 60 about their lives, experi- 
ences and attitudes towards design. 
The responses from the interviews 
can be viewed on a small TV display 
at the far end of the room. 

That collective wisdom was then 
put to use in many different items. 
Liss-Dionne Morris’ glasses are com- 
fortable to hold and come in attractive 
blue, gardening scissors by Wilkinson 
Sword are light but have serious cut- 
ting power, and Kenwood came up 
with a safe and easy-to-use electric 
kettle and toaster. 

Novelty 

Probably the most creative rooms, 
or at least the most outlandish, were 
designed for the needs of people long 


dead, or never even alive, such as 
Block Company s Home Office , intend- 
ed as an ideal workroom for fictional 
sleuth Sherlock Holmes. 

Since the Hometime show is only 
touring this country, some Chinese ele- 
ments were incorporated, particularly 
in London-based company Digit’s Vir- 
tual Home for Chinese football player 
Li Tie, who joined the UK’s Everton 
Football Club in 2002. The remarkable 
space is not intended as a living area, 
but rather an as interactive window 
into Li’s world. 

The room operates as a high-tech 
game for two players. On a table stand- 
ing in the middle of the room are a few 
teacups and mugs, the blue ones rep- 
resenting Li’s life in Britain and the 
red ones representing his life in Chi- 
na. The seemingly simple piece gets 
interestingly interactive when visitors 
move the cups, triggeringbroadcasts of 
recordings of Li’s thoughts and memo- 
ries. Some of his words also appear on 
a display integrated into the table. 

Visitor Yu Xixiang, vice presi- 
dent of the White House Advertis- 
ing Company, concluded, “In the end, 
this room transcends simple interior 
design. It shows that design has be- 
come a whole new means of commu- 
nication.” 

Hometime: 8 Rooms exhibition 
is open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm dai- 
ly through November 12 at the No. 
2 Film Studio, B section of the Chi- 
na Millennium Monument Art Mu- 
seum. Tickets are 5 yuan each. Ticket 
hotline: 6852 7108 



The “chemical corner” of Sherlock 
Holmes’ Home Office 



Electric kettle and toaster by Kenwood 
in Front Room 



Part of Workshop, designed by Michael 
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Toast to Cuba Libre! 

Chinese translation of famed speech 
by Fidel Castro reprinted 

By Yu Shanshan 

Fifty years after he led forces that changed the 
fate of the nation of Cuba, the ideas of Cuban rev- 
olution leader Fidel Castro are up for review and 
revaluation by Chinese readers. At the end of last 
month, the World Knowledge Publishing House 
republished a Chinese translation of History Will 
Absolve Me, a famed speech given by Castro, to 
commemorate the 50th anniversary of an attack 
by his rebel forces that changed the course of Cu- 
ba’s future on July 26, 1953. 

On that day, Castro, then 26, and 160 other 
revolutionaries attempted to overthrow the Ba- 
tista government by staging a coup and attack- 
ing a military garrison - the Moncada barracks 
in Santiago. Though the attack was an immediate 
disaster, with the majority of the rebel troops ei- 
ther killed in combat or captured (as Castro was), 
the event proved a turning point in the Cuban 
revolution. Castro was sentenced to fifteen years’ 
imprisonment, but was released under amnesty 
within one year. In 1958, he returned from exile in 
Mexico to oust the Batista regime and assumed 
power the next year. 

Castro wrote the speech as part of a statement 
of self-defense presented during his final trial in 
front of the Cuban court on October 16, 1953. In it, 
he penned the famed lines, “Condemn me. It does 
not matter. History will absolve me.” Copies of the 
speech were smuggled out of his prison cell and 
then reprinted by supporters of the revolution. 

The speech consists of four major parts - an 
analysis of the July 26 attack and its failure, 
Castro’s ideas for solving Cuba’s many social 
problems such as unemployment, illiteracy, and 
class strife, the exposure of the massacre of rev- 
olutionaries and general suffering of the people 
under Batista, and enthusiastic calls for an end 
to that regime. 

The World Knowledge Publishing House first 
published a Chinese version of the speech in the 
1960s. This edition has been updated with a new 
preface written by Castro himself on October 1. 

Cuban revolutionaries have become subjects 
of real interest among many young Chinese, 
particularly in Beijing, since a hit play about 
Che Guevara and his comrades was staged in 
2000. Chen Haosu, head of the Chinese People’s 
Association for Friendship with Foreign Coun- 
tries, said at a press conference last Thursday 
that he hoped the new edition of the book would 
be able to teach valuable lessons to another gen- 
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Double Film Honors for Xu Jinglei 



By Dong Nan 

A ctress and filmmaker 
Xu Jinglei scooped the 
awards for best actress 
and best new director at the 
12th Baihua (Hundred-flower) 
Film Awards Saturday night. 

Xu won the awards, which 
are determined by popular vote, 
for her role in Kaiwang Chun- 
tian de Ditie (Subway to Spring) 
and her directorial debut Baba 
he Wo (My Father and I). 

Since 1992, the Baihua 
Awards have been held in 
conjunction with the Jinji 
Awards, which are decided by 
a panel of film industry peo- 
ple and critics. 

The Baihua Best Film went 
jointly this year to Chongchu 
Yamaxun (Rush out of Ama- 
zon ), Hero and Deng Xiaoping. 
Lu Qi won Best Actor for his 
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By Dong Nan 

Following his solo concert at the 
end of last month, Hong Kong pop 
star Nicolas Tse is returning to 
Beijing with a host of performers 
to give a special concert to raise 
money for hepatitis prevention. 

The concert, to be held on No- 
vember 22, will also feature Dave 
Wong, Eason Chan, Edison Chen, 
Joey Yung and pop group Twins. 
Film superstar Jackie Chan will 
also make a cameo appearance. 

All proceeds from ticket sales 
are to be donated to the Shidai 
Wu Ganyan Foundation, which 
is run by the Wu Jieping Medical 
Foundation, Cheng Siyuan Hep- 
atitis Research Foundation and 
China Hepatitis Prevention and 
Cure Foundation. 

“We are so glad to do such a 
good deed,” said Charlene Choi, 
of rising female group Twins, 
at a press conference last week, 
“though most of our songs are 



Twins at the press confence 


in Guangdong dialect, we believe 
Beijing people would like them, 
and we will do our best.” 

The concert will also feature a 
tribute to Hong Kong singer Ro- 
man Tam, who died last year of 
liver cancer. 


Tango lime 

By Dong Nan 

Perhaps the only activity that 
rivals the popularity of football 
in Argentina is the tango. Beijing 
audiences will have a chance to 
experience some genuine Agen- 
tinian tango when Tanguera 
(Tango Woman) is staged at Tian 
Qiao Theater later this month. 

According to a press release, 
Tanguera is “a bold combination 
of the body language of tango, 
narrative style of Hollywood and 
the musical stage design of 


Broadway.” It tells a tragic love 
story of a French immigrant 
woman in Argentina during 
World War I. 

Mora Godoy, the choreographer 
and star of the musical is known 
as the “queen of tango” in Argenti- 
na. This will be her visit to China. 

The musical features elabo- 
rate costumes, sets and lighting, 
all of which have been shipped 
from Argentina. 

Tanguera will be staged at the 
Shanghai Grand Theater from 
November 16 to 23 and opens for 
a five-day season in Beijing on 
November 25. 


Free Style Folk 


By Jiang Xiujing 

Some seek to express their 
inner selves through music, 
some seek reputation and fame 
through music, however, Xiaohe 
wants to make people happy 
through music — his songs let 
people know that music is some- 
thing free-spirited and psychic. 

Xiaohe’s innovative style as a 
fashionable folk singer is typi- 
fied by his singing, which rang- 
es from a hoarse murmur to a 
touching croon, and his inspired 
compositions. 

Songs from his album Feide- 


gao de Niao buluozai Paobukuia 
de Niu de Beishang (A High- 
flying Bird Never Lands on the 
Back of a Slowly -running Ox) 
are imbued with his changeable 
but alluring tunes and rhymes. 

Line up: 

Vocal: Xiaohe Guitar: Wan 
Xiaoli Accordion: Zhang Weiwei 
Percussion: Guo Long 

Feidegao de Niao buluozai 
Paobukuia de Niu de Beishang: 
2002 

Recommendations: So Ma 
Hang, Ruguo Ni Xiangxin (If 
you believe), Tiaoxiaqu (Dive) 



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Britney Spears 

Britney Spears Pulls Out 
of UK MTV Awards Cer- 
emony 

Pop star Britney Spears, who 
caused a media sensation when 
she shared an open-mouthed 
kiss on stage with Madonna, has 
pulled out of this week’s MTV 
Europe Music Awards due to ill- 
ness, organizers said Tuesday. 

“Unfortunately, she is not 
well. We are disappointed she 
won’t be attending, but we 
wish her well for a speedy re- 
covery,” an MTV spokeswom- 
an said. 

Spears’ kiss with Madonna 
at the MTV Video Music Awards 
two months ago as the 21-year- 
old’s former boyfriend Justin 
Timberlake looked on proved 
to be a real showstopper and 
helped win her global coverage. 

(Reuters) 



Richard Belzer 


Belzer Runs with “Arnold” 
Documentary 

Comedian and “Law and Or- 
der: Special Victims Unit” co- 
star Richard Belzer has signed 
on to narrate “Running With 
Arnold,” a feature documentary 
following Arnold Schwarzeneg- 
ger’s whirlwind transformation 
from action hero to governor of 
California. 

The documentary is being 
written and directed by veteran 
entertainment journalist Dan 
Cox, who also is producing with 
Judy Orbach. (Reuters) 

Michael Jackson’s Bent- 
ley to Be Auctioned 

Michael Jackson’s custom 
2001 Bentley Arnage Red La- 
bel Turbosedan , used to ferry 
entertainers to his Neverland 


Ranch and in the making of 
the What More Can I Give ? 
charity music video, is on the 
auction block. 

With 13,600 miles on the 
odometer, it’s loaded with pop 
star upgrades: two DVD play- 
ers, three flat screen video 
monitors, CD changer and vid- 
eo gaming system operational 
at each seat. 

Performers on the music 
video autographed the interi- 
or ceiling. Among them were 
Jackson, Beyonce Knowles, 
Reba McEntire, Nick Carter, 
Shawn Stockman from Boyz II 
Men and Tom Petty. (AP) 



Michael Jackson 


Charles Launches Bolly- 
wood Film on 1857 Uprising 

Prince Charles, on a nine-day 
trip to India, sounded a clap- 
perboard Tuesday to launch the 
filming of a Bollywood movie on 
the first major Indian uprising 
against British rule. 

“Mahurat shot, take one,” 
said Charles as he launched 
the period film, The Rising , in 
Bombay, the heart of India’s 
film industry which churns 
about nearly 1,000 films a 
year. (Reuters) 

CBS Cancels Reagan Mini- 
Series Amid Controversy 

CBS television, under mount- 
ing pressure from political con- 
servatives, on Tuesday canceled 
its controversial mini-series The 
Reagans and sold the docudra- 
ma to its sister pay-cable net- 
work Showtime. 

A statement from the Via- 
com owned network said the 
decision was “based solely on 
our reaction to seeing the final 
film, not the controversy that 
erupted around a draft of the 
script.” (Reuters) 



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but turned off by the high prices charged 
at most local shopping malls should check 
out the glass store in the second floor of the 
Beijing Liangma Gardening Market, south 
of the Lufthansa Shopping center and just 
across the street from the Sunflower Tower. 

It is less a store than a glass warehouse, 
with over 1,500 kinds of glass vases and 
assorted containers stashed on shelves or 
on the ground. Prices are amazingly low. 
The cheapest item is a 1 yuan mini wine 
glass and the most expensive a set of 
European-style glasses that fetches several 
thousand kuai. 

Patience and perseverance pay off here, 
as a careful, discerning eye will be able to 
find some real diamonds in the glass rough. 
The goods may be a little dusty, but quality 
is the same as at bigger stores where they 
would go for three to five times as much. 

According to store manager Yao 
Dianzuo, parent company Yuanyi 
Glassware has set up several branch 
outlets around the country and lots of their 
products are exported, showing up in stores 
in the US and Europe. 

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Carriage lamp, 600 


By Chen Si 

T he beauty and subtlety of 
the Japanese aesthetic can 
be difficult to replicate at 
home, but one easy way to add a 
Japanese feel to a room is to pick 
up a classy lamp at shop No. 4074 
in the Yaxiu Market. 

The store’s lamps come in 
table, floor and hanging varieties 
in a range of shapes and textures. 

Some are made with stands 
formed from bamboo treated for 
longevity. Their lampshades are 
made of sheepskin printed with decorative patterns 
of maple leaves or Japanese calligraphy. 

Among these lights, one that stands out is a 
replica of a 17th century carriage (600 yuan). The 
lamp forms the body of the carriage, while the bulb 
inside looks like a passenger. 

Another eye-catching item is a hanging lamp shaped 
like a miniature house (600 yuan). A cluster of twigs 
form the roof, while the lampshades create the walls. A 
small flag protruding from the little hut reads “beer” in 
Japanese, and the base includes a stand on which there 
is a basket for putting small decorations, like flowers. 

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The walls of the Little 
Red Leaf store are covered 
with remarkable flowers and 
paintings that closer inspection 
reveals are actually crafted out 
of paper. The fun shop not only 
offers the goods needed to make 
such amazing paper creations 
on one’s own, but also provides 
instruction in how to do so. 

Owner Zhang Hui opened 
the store as a means to pursue 
her handicraft hobbies, and her 
enthusiasm is clear when she 
describes the goods or helps 
customers make little works of 
art with their own hands. 

Among the most impressive 
items on offer are printed 
thick paper sheets that can be 
carefully cut and glued back 
together to form 
three-dimensional “paintings.” 
Subjects range from scenes 
of Europe’s past to cartoon 
figures such as Snoopy and 
reproductions of works by 
Dutch folk painter Anton Pieck. 
The latter are the most 
difficult, as the high degree 
of detail in the paintings 


translates to lots of little parts 
that should be cut out. 

Zhang said that simpler 
pictures of cartoons or flowers 
are better for beginners who 
need to get a hang of the 
dexterous craft. All of the base 
materials for the 3-D creations 
are imported from Japan, 
Singapore or Holland, meaning 
they are a little pricey, ranging 
for 60 to 600 yuan for finished 
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cheaper and cheerful instruction 
is offered free of charge. 

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Chunxiu Chow 


By Xiao Rong 

W hen speaking of 
Chunxiu Road 
in Chaoyang 
District, home to several 
popular dining spots, few 
regulars do not mention 
the Feiteng Yuxiang 
Restaurant, whose 
reputation for its shuizhuyu , 
or spicy hot pot fish, has 
brought it and the street 
culinary fame. 

There are a total of eight 
restaurants in the section 
of Chunxiu Road near the 
Feiteng Yuxiang Restaurant. 
While that is hardly dense 
compared to other local 
food streets, the road 
continues to draw crowds 
thanks to its interesting, 
high-quality options. 

Spicy fare is the key 
to the success of Feiteng 
Yuxiang, which cooks up 
lots of Sichuan delicacies. 
The restaurant’s delicious 
version of shuizhuyu has 
not only cemented its 
popularity, but also 
sparked the craze for the 
dish still in place in Beijing. 
From that solid base, 
Feiteng Yuxiang has 
introduced other 
incendiary dishes, such as 
fushouluo (spicy snails) that 
have taken the city by 
storm over the past year. 

Some other strong 
players on the street’s 
dining street are 
established chain 
restaurants. One is another 
Sichuan eater, the Meizhou 
Dongpo, which has around 
one dozen branches 
nationwide. 

The Jiutouniao (Nine- 
Headed Bird) Restaurant, a 
popular Hubei-style eatery, 
is another chain outlet 
operating on the street. The 
chain has split as a result 
of messy family discord, 
but that has not affected 
business. The large menu 
offers a range of atypical, 
southern-style fare sure to 
impress and less pepper- 
laden than the food at 
some nearby competitors. 

The chain chain 
continues with the Fuhua 
Feiniu Restaurant, a 
provider of tasty hot pot 
classed up with slices of 
high-quality beef. 

The dining scene in 
the Chunxiu Road area 
is rounded out by two 
popular restaurants on 
adjoining Xingfucun 
Zhonglu.The Yuxin Sichuan 
Cuisine Restaurant is no 
less famous than Feiteng 
Yuxiang, while Sanqianli 
Shaokao has earned a 
reputation of its own for 
its quality Korean-style 
barbecue fare. 


Sichuan Done Right at Meizhou 
Dongpo 

By Xiao Rong 

Among the Sichuan specialties 
worth trying at the Meizhou Dong- 
po restaurant on Chunxiu Road is 
arguably the best Dongpo zhouzi 
(stewed pork elbow in ginger spicy 
sauce) in town. 


Braised beef with black bamboo shoot 
(heisun shaoniurou, 29 yuan) 

The restaurant is named after 
Su Dongpo, a famed Song Dynasty 
writer, who was a native of the Mei- 
zhou area in the southern reaches of 
the Sichuan Basin. An accomplished 
gourmand, Su Dongpo was the cre- 
ator of a cuisine of his own that later 
developed into an important school 
of Sichuan cooking. 



Sesame sauced jellyfish 
(xiangma haizhesi, 12 yuan) 

Unlike other local restaurants 
that cut corners, the Dongpo zhouzi 
(28 yuan) at Meizhou Dongpo is 
made following the strict instruc- 
tions of Su Dongpo, meaning add- 
ing less water and cooking over 
slow and controlled heat. It is a 
truly winning recipe that bagged 
a gold medal for Sichuan cuisine 
at the 12th National Chef Festival 
last year. Part of the magic comes 
from the secret ginger sauce that 
both flavors and softens the cut 
of pork, resulting in rich, tender 
meat and tasty skin that almost 
melts in the mouth. 

Bamboo is a main ingredient in 
two other dishes certainly worth 
trying. The braised beef with black 
bamboo shoot ( heisun shaoniurou , 
29 yuan) is a generous portion of 
tender beef with smoky, salty shoots, 
while the bamboo scented fried fish 
( ganjian zhubayu, 18 yuan) offers 
lots of taste for the money. In the 
dish, a carp is fried with pickled red 
peppers and fermented black beans 
over strips of bamboo with complex 
and attractive results. 

The vegetable offerings on the 
menu include some items hard to 
find in other local restaurants, such 


as the sauteed pea shoots ( qingchao 
wandoujian , 18 yuan), small shoots 
that are native to Sichuan. A winter 
specialty is the hongcaitai (tender 
flower stalk of rapes, seasonal pric- 
es), simply stir-fried to retain the 
greens’ original flavor. 

Starters and cold dishes worth 
recommending are the Meizhou 
xiangchang (Meizhou sausage, 15 
yuan), one sweet and one spicy, and 
the new dish sesame sauced jelly- 
fish ( xiangma haizhesi , 12 yuan). 
The crunchy jellyfish is chock full 
of protein and stimulates the ap- 
petite for later fare. 

Where: No. 7 Chunxiu Road, 
Dongcheng When: 10:30 am - 10:30 
pm Tel: 6417 1566, 6417 1668 Av- 
erage Cost: 30 yuan per person 

Tastes of the West at Xinjiang 
Tianshan Pai 

By Shan Jinliang 

When it’s time for a meat, starch 
and spice binge to ward off the win- 
ter chills, it may be time to head to 
the Xinjiang Tianshan Pai Restau- 
rant on Chunxiu Road. 

The restaurant’s kitchen holds 
four Xinjiang natives, including head 
chef Ya Hepu, who was named one of 
the 25 top Xinjiang cooks by that au- 
tonomous region’s culinary associa- 
tion. With such a pedigree, it is no 
surprise that Xinjiang Tianshan Pai 
draws a steady crowd of famed Xin- 
jiang entertainers. 



Roasted lamb leg (kao yangtui, 68 yuan) 

Ya personally recommends din- 
ers try three items, two dishes and 
one soup, namely roasted lamb leg 
(kao yangtui , 68 yuan), roasted 
buns stuffed with mutton or beef 
(kao baozi , 3 yuan each) and re- 
storative mutton soup (zibu yan- 
groutang , 38 yuan). 

The lamb leg, weighing in at 
around one kilogram, is enough to 
feed three or four people on its 
own. The meat is first cooked for 
three hours with herbal medicine 
ingredients such as ginseng and 
then roasted to perfection. The fi- 
nal result tastes great, with ten- 
der, rich meat and crispy skin, and 
is impressively presented. 



Fried mutton with sesame 
(zhima yangrou, 28 yuan) 



differ from regular baozi not only 
in how they are cooked, but also 
because of their star-like shapes 
and spicy, delicious stuffing of on- 
ion, ground mutton, black pepper 
and cumin. The restorative soup is 
not only tasty, but perfectly adept 
to fend off the Beijing flu thanks 
to its many medicinal ingredients. 

Other Xingjiang specialties 
worth a try include fried mutton 
with sesame (zhima yangrou , 28 
yuan) and little younang (3 yuan 
each), small rounds of traditional 
Xinjiang bread with oil. A good 
way to get a meal started is the 
spicy cold dish pilahong (18 yuan), 
made from tomatoes, green pep- 
pers and onions. 

Where: No. 7 Chunxiu Road, 
Dongzhimen, Dongcheng When: 
9:30 am - 9:30 pm Tel: 6416 8831, 
6415 9474 Average Cost: 40 yuan 
per person 


Hearty Hubei Fare at Jiutouniao 

By Zhao Pu 

The Jiutouniao, or Nine-headed 
Bird, restaurants represent one of 
the most successful chain eateries 
in Beijing, and the one on Chunxiu 
Road was the sixth of the Wuhan- 
based Hubei cuisine specialists in 
the capital and remains the largest. 

The restaurant’s head chef, Li 
Guowei, a native of Wuhan, said, 
‘We not only offer genuine Hubei 
food, but also authentic culinary cus- 
toms and culture of the province.” 
That claim is backed up by the fact 
that the chefs in all the restaurants’ 
kitchens are Hubei natives. 

The menu is divided into 
four major categories — steamed 
dishes, stewed dishes, Wuchang 
fish and Wuhan snacks. One 
of the most popular choices in 
the first group are the pearl 
balls (zhenzhu wanzi, 22 yuan), 
a steamer full of mildly sea- 



Wuchang fish (Wuchang yu, 
25 yuan per jin) 


soned meatballs covered in sticky 
rice traditionally served during 
Spring Festival or other holidays 
in Hubei. Jiutouniao even up- 
holds the long-standing custom 
of varying the proportion of lean 
to fatty meat in the balls accord- 
ing to season. 



Meat in stewed pig hoofs with soya 
beans (huangdou dunzhuti, 28 yuan) 


A good choice for these cold 
days is a soup from the stewed 
offerings, such as house special 
Hubei-flavor stewed chicken soup 
(Hubei weijitang, 38 yuan) all but 
sure to put mom’s old chicken soup 
to shame. The meat in stewed pig 
hoofs with soya beans (huangdou 
dunzhuti , 28 yuan) is appealingly 
tender and warming, while the 
thick soup is nutritious and good 
for the blood. 



Pearl balls (zhenzhu wanzi, 22 yuan) 


Another specialty of the restau- 
rant is the Wuhan classic Wuchang 
fish (Wuchang yu, 25 yuan per jin). 
Diners looking for something a lit- 
tle more pungent can check out the 
snack fermented bean curd (chou- 
ganzi , 1 yuan per piece), which 
tastes similar to Beijing’s notori- 
ous stinky tofu. 

Where: No. 1 Chunxiu Road, 
Dongcheng When: 11 am - 10 pm 
Tel: 6417 0266 Average Cost: 50 
yuan per person 



Braised pig intestine and liver (chaogan) 


Kitchen Confessionals 


Tasty Organs Originate 
at liamdngju 

By Xiao Rong 

After eight years 
of studying and 
cooking, Zheng 
Jianhua, 40, is only 
half way towards 
mastering the 
complex techniques 
of making chaogan , 
a local specialty of 
braised pig intestine 
and liver. 

He is one of the 
four chefs at the 
Tianxingju 
Restaurant, a local 
institution that has 
been serving up tasty 
innards and other Zhen * Jianhua 

treats for 141 years. 

“I used to make stir-fried dishes before. Those 
skills have served as a reference for me as I’ve 
learned the techniques for making chaogan ,” Zheng 
told Beijing Today. 

The first major step in making the dish, 
according to Zheng, is to thoroughly wash the 
intestines, but the chef stopped short of revealing 
the exact ways in which guts are cleaned at 
Tianxingju, a method he said was different from and 
superior to that at most other local restaurants. 

Zheng added, “It’s a tough job that takes 
patience. Also, you have to remember to wash away 
any excess oil on the intestines.” 

Records of Beijing’s culinary history reveal part of 
Tianxingju’s unique washing process, which starts with 
soaking the raw innards in alkali water, then washing 
them in salted water and ends with giving them a final 
scrub in water with vinegar added. 

Once the guts are clean, cooking begins by boiling 
the intestines for at least two hours until they are 
softened and tender. 

“Then comes the most important part — making 
the flavoring to add to the pot. Tianxingju used 
to serve a kind of yellow sauce before soy sauce 
was available, but now we just use soy sauce,” 
said Zheng. “Also, we used to boil the intestines in 
mushroom broth to make them tastier, but we have 
a secret new method now.” 

To the flavored concoction should be added just 
the right amount of cornstarch. “Correct use of 
starch makes a nicer looking and thicker dish,” 
explained Zheng. 

Tianxingju’s chaogan has a reputation for having 
an appealingly strong garlic flavor, though no garlic 
is evident on the finished product. “The garlic 
taste comes from the flavorings, made up of ten 
ingredients including garlic, that soak completely 
into the chaogan ,” explained Zheng. 

He recommended chaogan eaters follow the 
traditional means of consumption, holding a bowl 
up to one’s mouth and slurping the intestines 
straight out. Zheng noted, “Of course, most modern 
city people don’t eat like that, they use spoons or 
chopsticks. Beijingers also tend to almost always eat 
chaogan along with baozi (steamed stuffed buns) or 
shaobing (baked sesame seed rolls).” 

Usually about 80 percent of a bowl of chaogan is 
intestine and 20 percent liver. “Different diners have 
different tastes. Some prefer more intestines, others 
more liver. Either way, the people who frequent 
Tianxingju like our chaogan so much that they try 
to talk me into putting more into their bowls, even 
though it only costs 2 yuan per bowl,” Zheng said 
with a smile. 

“When I first learnt to make chaogan , there was 
a while when I just could not get rid of the smell 
of the raw intestines. But now, I make it without 
any unpleasant odor,” Zheng added with pride. The 
clean bowls left by nearly every customer back up 
his boasting and show that he has some serious 
chaogan chops. 



Beijingers tend to almost always eat chaogan along with 
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mtfrofder^ (bourse 

This authentic Chinese 
embroidery studio gives you the 
chance to learn a traditional 
skill. A single program generally 
takes 10 hours. Please book via 
telephone call. 

Where: Beijing Sunny Wang 
Fashion Consultant Studio, 
110E, No.14, Building 12, 
Dengshikou dajie (near the 
north-east corner of Wangfujing) 
Admission: 80 yuan/hour 
(including materials) Tel: 
13911520083 E-mail: 
art8@sohu.com 


Matrix: Revolutions 

In The Matrix Revolutions , the final 
chapter in the Matrix trilogy, the rebels’ 
long quest for freedom culminates in a fi- 
nal explosive battle. As the Machine Army 
wages devastation on Zion, its citizens 
mount an aggressive defense — but can 
they stave off the relentless swarm of Sen- 
tinels long enough for Neo to harness the 
full extent of his powers and end the war? 
In English with Mandarin subtitles. 

Where: UME International Cineplex, 
(Huaxing Guoji Yingcheng), 44 Shuangy- 
ushu Kexueyuan, Haidian When: No- 
vember 5 to 30 Admission: 80 yuan Tel: 
6261 2851 

Zhouyu De Huoche (Zhou Yu’s Train) 

Set in contemporary Chongqing, Sun 
Zhou’s film stars Gong Li as a socially 
empowered protagonist, challenging con- 
ventional gender roles in an attempt to 
realize her own desires. Directed by Sun 
Zhou, Starring Gong Li. In Mandarin. 


Where: Cherry Lane Movies, Experi- 
ence Peking Opera Photo Studio, Kent 
Center, 29 Liangmaqiao Lu When: No- 
vember 7 - 8, 7:30 pm Admission: free 
Tel: 13901134745 

Zheshi Wopengyou De Jia (This Is 
My Friend’s Home) 

An interview with contemporary art- 
ist Peng Yu and a look at how she cre- 
ates her collages. Produced by Zhou Jue. 
In Mandarin. 

Where: Hart Salon When: Novem- 
ber 8, 8 pm Admission: 30 yuan, includ- 
ing drinks Tel: 6504 6010 

Dancer in the Dark (Hei’an Zhong 
de Wuzhe) 

Bjork gives a stunning performance in 
this offbeat musical directed by Lars von 
Trier. She plays Selma, a Czech immigrant 
in 1960s America trying to make ends 
meet. Afflicted with a genetic, degenera- 
tive eye disorder, Selma also struggles to 
save up for an operation to save her young 
son from the same disorder. Billed as the 
final instalment in von Trier’s trilogy that 
also includes Breaking the Waves and The 


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Idiots. In English. 

Where: B2M bar, Dongheyan Xiaoqu, 
Ditan Park South Gate When: Novmber 
11, 8 pm Admission: free Tel: 6426 1091 


Beijing’s 
Ancient 
Village Life 


A photography 
exhibition featuring 
four photographers, 
Ma Huaimin (China), 
Hou Yibing (China), 
Virginia Fumiyo 
Anami (Japan) and 
Kosima Weber Liu 
(Germany) opens 
today at Beijing 
Capital Museum 
(Confucius Temple). 
This exhibition takes 
a look at life in 
Beijing’s old villages 
whose traditional 
culture is facing a 
challenge for survival. 
The four 
photographers 
celebrate the beauty 
of the traditional 
culture as well as its 
fragility. 

Where: Confucius 
Temple, 13 
Guozijianjie, 
Dongcheng District 
When: November 7 - 
9, daily 9 am - 5pm 
Admission: 10 yuan 
Tel: 6616 3262 


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Woodcut by Tang Chenghua 

Tang Chenghua graduated 
from Fujian Normal University 
and has been living in Japan 
for over ten years. His paintings, 
which have been exhibited in New 
York, draw inspiration from his 
experiences in Xinjiang, Tibet and 
Beijing. More than 30 works will 
be on display. 

Where: Central Academy of 
Fine Arts Gallery, Shuaifuyuan, 
Wangfujing, 5 Xiaowei Hutong 
When: November 6 -10, Tuesday 
to Sunday 9:30 am - 4 pm Ad- 
mission: 5 yuan Tel: 6527 7991 
Source 

Contemporary oil paintings by 
Yu Zupei, Dang Baohua, Wu You 
and Fan Mingzheng. 

Where: Beijing New Mil- 
lennium Art Gallery, Diyang 
Building, 2 Dong Sanhuan Bei- 
lu When: November 6 - 26, dai- 
ly 9 am - 6 pm Admission: free 
Tel: 8453 6193 

Red, Yellow and Blue: Liu Ye 

Liu Ye paints cartoonish fig- 
ures in surreal landscapes and 
huge fields of colour. His paint- 
ings often feature cameo ap- 
pearances from images used by 
Mondrian, Magritte, Qi Baishi 
and other cultural icons such 
as Tintin. This solo exhibition 
of new work will have more fe- 
male figures including Shang- 
hai movie stars of the 1930s. 

Where: Schoeni Art Gallery, 
New Town Soho, 88 Jianguo Lu 
When: November 6 - 30, Tuesday 
- Sunday, 11 am - 7 pm Admis- 
sion: free Tel: 8580 2142 
Cheng Mian Solo exhibition 

An exhibition of various 
works by 70-year-old Jiang Su 
Painter Cheng Mian, including 


oil paintings on wood and cloth 
as well as some woodcuts. Works 
from his woodcut series, Mas- 
sacre in Nanjing have been col- 
lected by museums in Japan, 
France and Australia. 

Where: Beijing International 
Art Palace Art Gallery, 1st floor, 
Crowne Plaza Beijing Hotel, 48 
Wangfujing Dajie When: No- 
vember 7 to 12, Daily 9 am 
- 6 pm Admission: free Tel: 
6513 3388 ext 1207/8 Homep- 
age: www.faf.elong.com 
Huang Yan’s Oil Paintings 

Huang Yan used to paint land- 
scapes on people’s faces and bod- 
ies. In 1997 he began to paint on 
large pieces of cloth. He is regard- 
ed as one of the most important 
avant-garde contemporary artists 
in China. 

Where: Red Gate Gallery, 
Dongbianmen Watchtower 
When: November 8 - 30, daily 
10 am - 5 pm Admission: free 
Tel: 6525 1005 



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The Ice Breaker 

The Den conspires 
to make you tipsy and 
then some: mixed 

drinks are 10 yuan, Ts- 
ingtaos 15 yuan, and at 
the hours of 1 am, 3 am 
and 5 am Long Iceland 
Iced Teas are free for fif- 
teen minutes. Yes, Long 
“Iceland” Iced Teas. 

Where: The Den, 4 
Gongti Donglu, next to 
City Hotel main en- 
trance When: Novem- 
ber 7, 9 am - 3 am 
Admission: 30 yuan Tel: 
6592 6290 
DJ Phil 

Swiss DJ Phil comes 
to the Club tonight with 
a pumping blend of deep 
and tribal house. 

Where: CD Cafe, 

Dongsanhuan Lu, south 
of Agriculture Exhibi- 
tion Centre (Nongzhan- 
guan) When: November 
7, 10 pm Admission: 
80 yuan, 50 yuan (be- 
fore midnight) Tel: 6501 
8877 ext 3032 
FM Flappers 

Forget all those 70s 
parties, tonight Club 
FM goes 30s! Put your 
hair up and get your 
best zoot suit out — 


there’s prizes for the 
best look! 

Where: Club FM,Ri- 


Shostakovich 

The China Philhar- 
monic Orchestra performs 


Fauergesicht 

An opportunity to 
get familiar with 


Marvellous 
Mountain Peak 

Enter deep into the 


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Friday’s Trip 

Trip-hop 

Wednesday’s 




tan Park south 

gate 

Shostakovich’s No. 1 Vio- 

contemporary 

forest area, where 

(Xingqisan de Luxing) 


i 

When: November 

7, 9 

lin Concerto in E Major 

German drama. 

Hawk Mouth Hill can 

will play at Red Bar 


m 

pm Admission: 

free 

and Tchaikovsky’s Sym- 

Fauergesicht tells the 

be seen nearby, and 

tonight. 

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Tel: 8562 2309 


phony No. 4 in F Minor. 

story of an 18-year- 

hike up to east side of 

Where: Red Bar, 




Brasilica! 

We haven’t heard 
from Steve Barker for a 
bit, but he’s back again, 
and brassier than ever. 
Barker and accomplic- 
es Wing Ko and Jerry 
Chan (aka Five Fingaz 
of Death) show you how 
to dig up the dancefloor, 
Brazilian-style. Stick 
around for the late night 
grooves. 

Where: Vibes, 4 Jiux- 
ianqiao Lu, just north of 
Beijing Tokyo Art Proj- 
ects When: November 10 
pm Admission: free Tel: 
6437 8082 

Dave Phillips Spins 

DJ Dave Phillips 
comes up to Beijing via 
Shanghai. Come hear a 
rising star. 

Where: The Club, 
Beisanlitun Nanli, 
Building 43 When: No- 
vember 8, 8 pm - 4 am 
Admission: 150 yuan, 
100 yuan (before 2am) 
Tel: 6417 7791/2/3 


Where: Poly Theater, 
1/F, Poly Plaza, 14 Dong- 
zhimen Nandajie When: 
November 7, 7:30 pm Ad- 
mission: 80-680 Tel: 6500 
1188 ext 5126 
Kong Xiangdong in 
Concert 

Kong Xiangdong is one 
of the most successful 
young pianists in the 
world. He has performed 
in North America, Europe, 
South Africa and Asia, 
and has cooperated with 
many acclaimed sympho- 
ny orchestras and other 
music groups. Kong has 
won many prizes in inter- 
national music including 
the International Moscow 
Piano Competition in 1986 
and the International Pal- 
oma O-Shea Piano Com- 
petition in Spain in 1987. 

Where: Beijing Exhi- 
bition Theater, 135 Xi- 
zhimenwai Dajie When: 
November 8, 7:30 pm Ad- 
mission: 120 - 800 yuan 
Tel: 6835 4455 


old student’s 
psychological world. 
Adapted by Cao Kefei. 
Directed by Lin 
Zhaohua. 

Where: People’s 
Art Experimental 
Theatre, 3 floor, 
Capital Theatre, 22 
Wangfujing Dajie 
When: till November 
15, 7:15 pm 
Admission: 80 yuan 
Tel: 6526 3388 
Yue Opera: Liuhua 
XI (Liuhua Stream) 

Tells the fate of 
four generations of 
women in one big 
family in southern 
China during the Qing 
dynasty Presented by 
Hangzhou Yue Opera 
Troupe. 

Where: Chang’ an 
Grand Theater, 7 
Jianguomennei Dajie 
When: November 8 - 
11 Admission: 50 - 
800 yuan Tel: 6510 
1309/10 


the mountain. Amazing 
views of Changping and 
Haidian District. 

Where: Meet outside 
Big Easy (Chaoyang 
Park) When: November 
8, 8 am - 5 pm 
Admission: 150 yuan 
for adult, 100 yuan 
for children under 12 
Tel: 6553 2228 Email: 
lucy@highclub . cn 
Wood packer trail 

A rare trip into the 
western hills, to the 
north of the Miao Feng 
Shan mountains. After 
climbing up to a fairly 
steep pass, hikers will 
be able to explore the 
Pu Tuo Yuan temple 
complex, one of the 
oldest groups of 
structures around 
Beijing. 

Where: Meet at the 
Lido outside Starbucks 
When: November 9, 
8:30 am Tel: 
13910025516 Email: 
Huilin@bj hikers . com 


Dongdaqiao Xiejie 
(South Bar Street) 

When: November 7, 

6:30 pm - 2 am 

Admission: free Tel: 
13910668899 

Phil’s in Cloud 
Nine 

UK DJ Phil Perry, 
a regular at the Min- 
istry of Sound and 
Ibiza and known for 
his Full Circle parties, 
spins at Cloud Nine 
tonight. 

Where: Cloud Nine, 7 

Sanlitun Beijie When: Novem- 
ber 7 10 pm Admission: 80 
yuan Tel: 6417 8317/8 

Full Moon Masquerade 
Party 

Between the full moon, the 
masks, and shots starting at 
10 yuan they’re probably go- 
ing to have a heck of a job 
cleaning up in the morning. 
Prize for best mask. 

Where: B2M, Dongheyan 
Xiaoqu, Ditan Park South Gate 
When: November 8, 9 pm Ad- 
mission: free Tel: 6426 1091 



Those Punks! 

Tonight Loup Chante returns 
to its punk roots. Punk being 
what it is, the exact lineup of to- 
night’s bands is uncertain, and 
they like it that way. 

Where: Loup Chante, 38 
Chengfu Shi Wei Ying When: 
November 8, 2 pm - 5 pm Ad- 
mission: 20 yuan Tel: 6276 
7355 

We are glad to receive your 
feedback. We will print employ- 
ment, language exchange and ac- 
commodation info for individuals. 
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Evening campfire 

After enjoying the waterfalls and a break for lunch, the 
real mountain hiking begins. The path follows a stream flow- 
ing down the mountainside, which disappears and reemerges 
all of a sudden on the other side of the path. 

Although well trodden, trail is tough going, but the beau- 
tiful mountain scenery of red leaves and dark seas of forest 
more than makes up for the hardship. Wild animals are also 
frequently seen along this section. 

Three hours walk from the waterfall, the path becomes steep- 
er and at an altitude of 758 meters, one reaches Yakou. There is 
less smaller vegetation here, but a large acreage of birch woods 
comes into view. 

In another one hour, you will come to a place called Lenggang- 
dian, where there is a row of abandoned farmers’ houses, and flat 
ground suitable for pitching a tent a lighting a campfire. 


What to bring 

If you are planning on trecking over the mountain, you will need a 
solid pair of walking shoes and a change of clothing. As temperatures 
vary considerably from day to night, warm clothing including a thick 
sweater is essential. A scarf, hat, gloves and a raincoat are also ad- 
visable. 

You will also need to carry your own tent, sleeping bag and cooking 
equipment, and of course, sufficient food and water. 


A dry section of Tianxian Waterfall makes an ideal site for abseiling at 
this time of year. 

Photo by Liu Dong 


By Liu Dong/ Shan Jinliang 

ith winter 
fast approach- 
ing, there are 
only a few 
weeks left of 
reasonable 
weather for 
trekking in the countryside around 
Beijing before snow, ice and sub-zero 
temperatures turn such activities into an 
exercise in masochism. 

For one last weekend getaway, before 
hiking boots are exchanged for skis, Yun- 
meng Mountain has much to offer. 

Described sometimes as the “Huangshan 
of North China,” after the rather more well 
known “Yellow Mountain” in Anhui Prov- 
ince, Yunmeng Mountain in Miyun County 
is a national-level forest park. Covering an 
area of over 2,200 hectares, 91 percent of the 
park is covered by forest, which is home to 
various kinds of wildlife. 

Yunmeng Mountain is a popular sightsee- 
ing destination, and also attracts vacationers, 
health club groups and primary, middle school 
and college students. 

The Yunmeng Mountain National Forest Park 
organizes “mountain flowers” tours in April and 
May, “cloud and fog” tours in July and August 
and wild fruit-picking tours in September and Oc- 
tober. November is the time for countryside hik- 
ing at weekends. 

It is inevitably crowded on weekends at the re- 
sort section of the Yunmeng Mountain National 
Forest Park, a consequence of the numerous hotels 
and entertainment venues that have sprung up 
there, but it is easy to escape the throngs. 

While day trippers come into the park from the 
east, serious treckers should approach from the west- 
ern side, starting from Tianxian (Fairy) Waterfall and 
heading for the mountain peak named Guanhai Tai or 
Sea-Watching Platform. Such a treck is best attempted 
with a team of four or five. 


Tianxian Waterfall 

Tianxian Waterfall is in the northern slope of Yun- 
meng Mountain. There are over 30 listed scenic spots 
around the waterfall area. A triple fall totaling 310 me- 
ters connects Wangxian, Jiuxian and Jingxian waterfalls, 
and many deep ponds are to be found in the area. 

The waterfalls are at their most spectacular in summer, 
but at this time of year, it is possible to get much closer as 
the volume of water is considerably lower. 


Hike to 

Yunmeng 

Mountain 


March toward the highest peak 

After a quick breakfast at 8 or 9 am, it is time to continue the 
trek north. An hour’s brisk walk will bring you to a spot where the 
road forks. Take a short rest before heading for the main peak, Sea- 
Watching Platform, as it is the toughest climb of the two-day trek. 

While climbing the mountain, keep an eye out for the many 
strangely shaped rock formations on the surrounding hills, such as 
Yingzui Shi (Hawk Mouth Rock), Tianhou Shoumen (Heavenly Monkey 
Guarding Door), Shenggui Tantian (Divine Turtle Touching Land) and 
Huaigu Shiwu (Stone House Memorizing the Past). 

The higher you climb, the steeper the path becomes, and becomes 
clearer why Yunmeng Mountain is known as the Huangshan of North 
China. 

Around two hours later, you will finally reach the peak of Yunmeng 
Mountain, Sea-Watching Platform, 1414 meters above sea level. White 
clouds appear are like belts twisting around the mountainside, and 
looking down though the clouds, the whole mountain scene is a vivid mix 
of colors in the afternoon sun, made up of red, yellow and green leaves 
and brown rocks. 

Descending down the east side of the mountain, the trail passes through 
the last section of the trip, called Shidaoyu or Watery Road. Be careful not 
to get your feet wet, as the weather can quickly turn cold. After three hours 
of walking, you will come to the gate of Yunmeng Mountain National Forest 
Park, where you will be charged the park entry fee 26 yuan. 


An easier visit to Yunmeng Mountain 

The park is open from April to mid-November. Visitors can choose an 
easier option by entering through the gate of the park. There is a variety 
of leisure activities and accommodation available here, for those intent on 
a less strenuous weekend getaway. The Yunmeng Mountain Hotel has 250 
beds at varying rates, and there is a large restaurant there. 


Getting there: 

Tianxian Waterfall is a 115-kilometer drive from downtown Beijing. 
Starting at 7 am from Sanyuan Qiao, you should arrive at Tianxian 
Waterfall around 10 am following Jingshun Road, heading toward Mi- 
yun. There is a parking area near the waterfall. 

Alternatively, take the Labagoumen bus from Dongzhimen long 
distance bus station from 6 to 8 am. These buses stop at the park for 
five hours then return to Beijing.